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Mrs. Southers from Conover NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Picture Perfect STEM Class: Inspiring Deeper Thinking With Picture Books

Help me give my students picture books to help build background knowledge for meaningful STEM lessons.

  • $630 goal

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My Students

STEM jobs are some of the most in demand and high paying careers available today. As a K-6 STEM teacher it is my job to build student interest in these areas, while also helping my students to develop the skills they will need to be successful in a STEM career. I work hard to provide my students with meaningful, hands-on learning experiences that encourage them to apply what they've learned in memorable ways.

My students are a diverse group of enthusiastic and inquisitive learners.

Forty-five percent of our student population is learning English as a second language (ESL) and ninety-nine percent of our population qualifies for free lunch. Many of my students do not have access to books, sensory toys, and other educational materials that encourage critical thinking at home. My students come to STEM class excited to "play", but leave with critical thinking and problem solving skills that will help them find success in their futures.

My Project

These picture books will help to provide students with background knowledge for our STEM lessons while also enhancing their developing vocabularies and improving their reading comprehension skills. Reading about historical events such as hurricane Katrina will help students to better understand the impact that severe weather can have on a community. It will also lay a foundation for our hands-on activity on levee building.

After reading about the sun in Summer Sun Risin', my students will have the opportunity to explore the effects of sunlight on Earth's surface using a digital infrared thermometer.

These are just two examples of the incredible STEM lessons that these books will support.

Mrs. Southers
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Non-Contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun -58℉~1022℉ (-50℃~550℃), Yellow and Black • Amazon Business $20.74 1 $20.74
An Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns (Millbrook Picture Books) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor • Amazon Business $14.98 1 $14.98
Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building • Amazon Business $14.49 1 $14.49
Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
I Wanna Iguana • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Flowers Are Calling • Amazon Business $13.47 1 $13.47
All the Water in the World • Amazon Business $13.29 1 $13.29
The Inventor's Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford • Amazon Business $13.18 1 $13.18
Orion and the Dark • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival • Amazon Business $12.69 1 $12.69
Jackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph • Amazon Business $12.10 1 $12.10
The Day the Crayons Came Home • Amazon Business $12.02 1 $12.02
Next Time You See a Pill Bug • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Next Time You See a Spiderweb • Amazon Business $10.51 1 $10.51
Recycling Crafts (Craft Attack!) • Amazon Business $10.50 1 $10.50
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music • Amazon Business $10.29 1 $10.29
Summer Sun Risin' • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Newton and Me (Arbordale Collection) • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Next Time You See a Maple Seed • Amazon Business $9.89 1 $9.89
Teacher Created Materials - TIME For Kids Informational Text: Space Exploration - Grade 3 - Guided Reading Level P • Amazon Business $9.85 1 $9.85
Iggy Peck, Architect (The Questioneers) • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Ada Twist, Scientist • Amazon Business $9.49 1 $9.49
Nefertiti, the Spidernaut: The Jumping Spider Who Learned to Hunt in Space • Amazon Business $9.24 1 $9.24
iPod and Electronics Visionary Tony Fadell (STEM Trailblazer Bios) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Rosie Revere, Engineer • Amazon Business $8.39 1 $8.39
From Wax to Crayon (Start to Finish, Second Series) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Biomedical Engineering and Human Body Systems (Engineering in Action) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives • 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
Jump Into Science: Sun • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69
Let's Think About the Power of Advertising • Amazon Business $7.60 1 $7.60
What Is Pollination? (Big Science Ideas (Paperback)) • Amazon Business $7.59 1 $7.59
Move It!: Motion, Forces and You (Primary Physical Science) • Amazon Business $7.50 1 $7.50
Burn: Michael Faraday's Candle • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Winter's Tail: How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
We Planted a Tree • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
How Mountains Are Made (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) • Amazon Business $6.98 1 $6.98
Jump Into Science: Stars • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Matter (Physical Science) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Where Do Animals Live? (My World: Reading Level H) • Amazon Business $6.84 1 $6.84
Communication Long Ago and Today • Amazon Business $6.69 1 $6.69
Drum City • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
National Geographic Readers: Robots • Amazon Business $4.50 1 $4.50
National Geographic Readers: Wildfires • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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