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Mrs. Moore from East Peoria IL is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Popping With Excitement to Learn About Popcorn!

My students need a popcorn machine, different popcorn supplies, and other resources to use their five senses and explore the wonder of popcorn.

  • $729 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The students in my Head Start classroom add love, kindness, enthusiasm, and joy to my life daily. They are the heart of this program, which serves low-income families. Some of our little ones have limited resources at home, so we are continually challenged to make moments and memories they will have for years to come. It's such a reward to see their faces light up when we're able to provide them with an amazing new experience. It's also thrilling to know that the knowledge base they receive now, in the preschool years, will be built upon as they continue growing and learning.

My students are an energetic, inquisitive group who enjoy hands-on experiences!

They thrive on tackling a challenge and using creativity during all activities. They love to ask questions and investigate to find the answers. Answering one of their questions usually leads to a whole new series of questions! We always strive to provide them with the tools and information need to devise their own investigations. Each time I see the spark of discovery and wonder in a child's eye, I know I am helping create a love of learning!

My Project

Like all great projects, this one started with a child's question, "How does this little piece of corn turn into popcorn?" Because we live in Illinois, which is a major corn producing state for our country, we had a week of corn discovery. We're surrounded by corn fields, so the kids have a unique opportunity to see the process of corn growth. Once they had a chance to see and feel a stalk and an ear of corn, they were very determined to find out how to make it pop. We were surprised to find that most of children how no background information about how popcorn is made, except for "put it in the microwave." They had no idea that there were several different ways to cook it or that different types of popcorn exist. The more we discussed it, the more questions they had about different types, colors, and flavors of popcorn, as well as, what makes those magical little kernels pop!

The children's questions and natural curiosity open the door for us to provide insightful learning activities and experiences that cover several different educational domains.

We are lucky enough to have a caramel corn shop near us, so we can do a site visit. During this visit, we'll need cameras and sketch pads for the children to observe and document the equipment and the popping process in action. We are also requesting a variety of popping supplies and a large popper, so the kids can be active participants in making their own popcorn. Additionally, we are requesting a selection of scales, measuring tools, and resource books. These items will be essential to making our children critical thinkers with this project and many more in the future!

Mrs. Moore
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Great Northern Popcorn 6097 8 OZ Foundation Red Full Antique Style Popcorn Popper Machine Complete with Cart and 8-Ounce Kettle • Amazon Business $199.99 1 $199.99
Waterproof Digital Camera for Kids, LINNNZI 12MP HD Underwater Action Camera Camcorder with 2.0 Inch LCD Display, 8x Digital Zoom, Flash and Mic • Amazon Business $54.98 2 $109.96
KitchenAid Mixing Bowls, Set of 5, Aqua Sky • Amazon Business $39.99 1 $39.99
Pan Balance • Kaplan Early Learning Company $25.46 1 $25.46
Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popcorn Kernels, Original Yellow, 8 lb • Amazon Business $21.95 1 $21.95
Primer Balance With Clear Buckets • Kaplan Early Learning Company $16.96 1 $16.96
Popcorn Science (Big Book & Teacher Guide) • AKJ Education $15.40 1 $15.40
The Original HOTPOP Microwave Popcorn Popper, Silicone Popcorn Maker, Collapsible Bowl BPA Free (Red) • Amazon Business $14.90 1 $14.90
Kernel Season's Mini Jars Seasoning Variety Pack, 0.9 Ounce Shakers (Pack of 8) • Amazon Business $14.15 1 $14.15
KitchenAid 9-Piece Measuring Cup and Spoon Set, Aqua Sky • Amazon Business $13.00 1 $13.00
Platform Scale • Kaplan Early Learning Company $12.71 1 $12.71
Chef Pop de POP Card Game • Amazon Business $12.01 1 $12.01
Amish Country Popcorn - 3 (1 lb. Bag Variety) Purple Popcorn, Blue Popcorn and Red Popcorn - with Recipe Guide • Amazon Business $10.56 1 $10.56
BOXES WEST BEND POPCORN POP-UP - PACK OF 10 • School Specialty $2.12 4 $8.48
Popcorn (A Frank Asch Bear Book) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Jiffy Pop Butter Popcorn, 4.5 oz (Pack of 5) • Amazon Business $7.40 1 $7.40
Sorting Bowls (Set of 6) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $6.76 1 $6.76
SKETCH BOOK SCHOOL SMART SIDE WIRE 8 1/2X11 50 SHEETS • School Specialty $3.12 2 $6.24
MARKERS WSHBL MOVIE NIGHT SCENT CHISEL SET OF 6 • School Specialty $5.96 1 $5.96
Learning Resoures POP for Letters • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Popcorn! • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
The Popcorn Book • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Popcorn • AKJ Education $2.88 1 $2.88

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