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Ms. Kornack from Chicago IL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Picture Perfect STEAM!

My students need picture books, to use as mentor texts, to inspire STEAM projects, creativity, and learning.

  • $636 goal

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My Students

Our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) labs are a hub of innovation and creativity. It is a place where students are free to question, be curious, try new things, fail dramatically, and persevere to success. Most of my students aren't exposed to STEAM technologies and skills at home.

The STEAM lab is preparing our students to successfully compete in a global workplace dominated by STEAM.

Since our launch in September of last year, I have seen an increase in engagement, curiosity, and persistence not only in STEAM, but school-wide. Students have embraced the design cycle and inquiry thought process to learn in big ways.

The only thing holding them back is our lack of financial resources to fund our STEAM lab. Our school continually faces budget cuts as a part of the Chicago Public School system, and the STEAM Lab needs new technology and curricular materials in order to grow and succeed. Students are excited to walk into the STEAM lab every day, despite this reality, and I hope give them resources that will fuel their enthusiasm, and grow their curiosity.

My Project

These mentor texts will be read together as a class, and students will then engage in STEAM challenges related to the topic and storyline that we have read. Students will develop problem solving and creativity skills and engage in science and engineering practices. The Picture Perfect STEM book will guide our explorations. We will create genius gizmos, train bridges, magnetic mazes, lever launchers and smart houses to name a few projects! Once projects are completed they will be displayed in the classroom and the hallway to show to their peers.

The Picture Perfect STEM K-2 activity guide, picture books and accompanying projects will give all Pre-K-2 students an opportunity to participate in fun, engaging, and purposeful STEAM!

Ms. Kornack
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Picture-Perfect STEM Lessons, K 2: Using Children s Books to Inspire STEM Learning - PB422X1 • Amazon Business $36.12 1 $36.12
Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business $16.16 1 $16.16
Iggy Peck, Architect • Amazon Business $16.16 1 $16.16
Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building • Amazon Business $16.11 1 $16.11
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music • Amazon Business $15.49 1 $15.49
You Think It's Easy Being the Tooth Fairy? • Amazon Business $15.19 1 $15.19
Perfect Square • Amazon Business $14.93 1 $14.93
If I Built a House • Amazon Business $14.77 1 $14.77
Leaf Man • Amazon Business $14.39 1 $14.39
We're All Wonders • Amazon Business $14.24 1 $14.24
I Wanna Iguana • Amazon Business $13.96 1 $13.96
Flowers Are Calling • Amazon Business $13.35 1 $13.35
If You Take a Mouse to School • Amazon Business $12.73 1 $12.73
Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Day the Crayons Quit • Amazon Business $12.59 1 $12.59
The Day the Crayons Came Home • Amazon Business $12.49 1 $12.49
Next Time You See a Pill Bug • Amazon Business $12.04 1 $12.04
The Most Magnificent Thing • Amazon Business $11.86 1 $11.86
A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree • Amazon Business $11.66 1 $11.66
Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! • Amazon Business $10.80 1 $10.80
Press Here • Amazon Business $10.76 1 $10.76
The Recess Queen • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Summer Sun Risin' • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade (Bank Street College of Education Flora Stieglitz Straus Award (Awards)) • Amazon Business $9.77 1 $9.77
Gingerbread Christmas • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Newton and Me • Amazon Business $8.45 1 $8.45
All the Water in the World • Amazon Business $8.31 1 $8.31
Where Do Animals Live? (Curious Young Minds) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Jump Into Science: Sun • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Drum City • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Earth's Landforms and Bodies of Water (Earth's Processes Close-Up) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Engineering in Our Everyday Lives (Engineering Close-up) • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
Snowflake Bentley • Amazon Business $7.72 1 $7.72
Groundhog Day! • Amazon Business $7.18 1 $7.18
What Is Pollination? (Big Science Ideas (Paperback)) • Amazon Business $7.16 1 $7.16
From Wax to Crayon (Start to Finish, Second Series: Everyday Products) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Day It Rained Hearts • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Communication Long Ago and Today • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Matter (Physical Science) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
If I Were President • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Snowballs (Rise and Shine) • Amazon Business $6.39 1 $6.39
We Planted a Tree • Amazon Business $6.07 1 $6.07
Move It!: Motion, Forces and You (Primary Physical Science) • Amazon Business $6.04 1 $6.04
The Sun: Our Nearest Star (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Animals in Winter (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
National Geographic Readers: Robots • Amazon Business $3.74 1 $3.74

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