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Mrs. Pefley from Anaheim CA is requesting Classroom Basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

STEAM - Future Engineers: Let's Create and Build Vehicles!

My students need art materials like paper, STEAM kits, and a heavy duty pencil sharpener.

  • $263 goal

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My Students

My kind, hard-working students are mainly English Language Learners who practice reading, writing, listening and speaking skills every day. My goal is to make school engaging so they will want to come to school every day. My students crave learning with technology, computer programming, and art to help them use collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity skills! We learn social skills through interactions with peers. Our classroom is set up in "flexible seating" so we can move more and sit where we can best concentrate and feel comfortable.

My nurturing students are "buddies" to the special day class in our grade, so we learn from each other.

We learn cooperation, patience, and teamwork, as well as grade level common core standards as they work with the buddies. Some of my students give up their own recess playtime to play with our buddies, and help them be included in playground activities. A few of them plan to be special needs educators someday!

Our school's distinguished practice is technology, and I am always looking for ways to integrate technology into all subject areas (STEAM- Science, technology, engineering, art, and math).

My Project

My students are learning Next Generation Science Standards that include "Forces in Motion." Imagine how engaging it would be to build a vehicle and test its motion scientifically! I would love to have small groups of 3 each build a car, plane, and a boat. The collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking skills they would use are 21st Century success skills. We would build one type of vehicle at a time, and make a STEAM book with construction paper to show our plan, revisions, steps in the process, and final product/learning insights. The students will draw the steps in the process and use writing for information skills to explain their learning. This book and vehicles will be out at Open House. In the end, each student would keep one vehicle because I have 30 students. I believe they will cherish this project and it will be a highlight of the school year!

Mrs. Pefley
Grades 3-5
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ES119 - Heavy-Duty Electric Pencil Sharpener • Lakeshore Learning Materials $99.50 1 $99.50
TT571 - Design & Play STEAM Cars Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $24.99 1 $24.99
TT572 - Design & Play STEAM Boats Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $16.99 1 $16.99
TT573 - Design & Play STEAM Planes Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $16.99 1 $16.99
TA51MA - Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Magenta • Lakeshore Learning Materials $2.29 2 $4.58
TA51HP - Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Hot Pink • Lakeshore Learning Materials $2.29 1 $2.29
TA51LL - Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Lilac • Lakeshore Learning Materials $2.29 1 $2.29
TA51GA - Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Gray • Lakeshore Learning Materials $2.29 1 $2.29
TA51BG - Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Blue-Green • Lakeshore Learning Materials $2.29 1 $2.29
TA51VT - Construction Paper - 12" x 18" - Violet • Lakeshore Learning Materials $2.29 1 $2.29

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