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Mr. Lewis from Hartford CT is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Science Project Tools

My students need a laminator, laminating pouches, scissors, and colored pencils.

  • $451 goal

This project expired on October 11, 2010.

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My Students

Please help us turn our classroom into an area where student learning takes a hands-on approach. Using a project based approach, I hope to create a learning environment that allows my students to display their efforts in ways beyond just worksheets and tests.

My students are 7th and 8th graders at a K-8 school in a high poverty school district in Connecticut.

In any one class I can have a mixture of special education students, English language learners, and students performing above grade level. For most of these students, this is the first true science class they have had. I try to keep their interest high by using projects that can help them show their understanding of science topics in ways other than standard testing.

My Project

Many of my students have few if any resources at home. One of my goals is to create a science classroom that allows low functioning and struggling students the chance to show what they can achieve. For example, by using the laminator I am requesting, the kids will be able to create lasting projects (such as booklets, posters, learning games) that show off their artistic and creative skills while also documenting scientific understanding. For all of my students, but in particular many of my lower functioning students or non-fluent students, I allow them to include non-verbal means of showing understanding. Hence the desire to have a better assortment of items such as scissors and colored pencils on hand. Being able to help the kids create high quality products in class is a great way to help build their self-esteem and spur on their learning.

As I have said, the students often feel uncared for.

Being able to provide the students with quality materials not only helps them feel good, it helps me build a strong relationship with them. Every effort I put in for them results in them putting in a greater effort in class. I addition, they love to have their work hanging around the building. When they are able to produce higher quality products, it is all the more likely we can put our work on display for the younger students to see.

Mr. Lewis
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Fellowes Venus VL 125 Laminator • CDW Inc. $229.42 1 $229.42
CRAYOLA COLORED PENCILS 24 COUNT, LONG -- Crayola Colored Pencils; 24/Box • Quill $4.49 5 $22.45
JR. STAINLESS STEEL CHILDREN'S SCISSORS, 5" POINTED -- Acme 5" Junior Scissors; Bulk Pack, Pointed Tip • Quill $17.36 2 $34.72
LAMINATING POUCH,5 MIL, LETTER SIZE 9" X 11-1/2" -- Premium Laminating Pouches; 11-1/2x9", 5 mil., Letter • Quill $44.99 1 $44.99

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