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Mrs. Buffi from Richmond CA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Research At Our Fingertips!

My students need to be able to quickly find information related to current science investigations; research is one step in the scientific method.

  • $1,796 goal

This project expired on March 3, 2016.

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My Students

My fourth to sixth grade students are entranced by the opportunity to discover through investigation, through asking questions, through hypothesizing. By the end of the year I want my students to be thoroughly familiar with the scientific method, including the ability to research a potential topic.

My students are 4th-6th graders.

They are excited about coming to the first ever science lab at my school. I have very firm expectations for behavior and I still often have to remember that the noisy way they enter the lab is due to excitement and anticipation of what's to come. For 50 minutes once or twice a week they are able to have hands-on investigations related to life science, often with live organisms. My classroom, the science lab, includes live organisms including a bearded dragon. Our school is situated in the center of a neighborhood with immigrant families, hard-working families, many of whom struggle to bring basic necessities to their families. Our students are hard-working too, with all teachers and staff on board with a strong efficacy and college and career-bound mantra we embrace and teach to our students every day. Nearly all of our students receive free breakfast and lunch; for many, this represents a fundamental support system that gets them through the day.

My Project

I set up the science lab to have groups of four desks. There are seven lab groups altogether. Each group has a number, each desk has a label with a number and symbol (sun, lightening bolt, smiley, star). Each symbol stands for a lab job and each week I rotate the jobs. Every student in each of nine classes has an opportunity to get materials, start an activity, report on the group's investigation, or do research. This latter job requires the ability for that student to research information related to the current investigation. Currently I have one desktop computer available, so it's challenging to give all researchers an opportunity for this integral role of science investigation. An example of how individual chrome books could be used during investigations is if students are designing environments for isopods. Researchers could discover and share with group members the structures and functions of an isopod.

Donations to this project will improve my classroom by adding a technology dimension.

My students will encounter the presence of technology throughout their educational experience, and its relevancy in all areas of the curriculum. My students lives will be enhanced in the science lab as they learn to incorporate research into their investigations, as researching online will give them practice and familiarity, which in turn will give them an edge as they progress through the grade levels.

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

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This project will reach 250 students.

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Acer - 11.6'Chromebook - Intel Celeron - 2GB Memory - 16GB eMMC Flash Memory - Moonstone White • Best Buy Education $169.00 8 $1,352.00

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