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Mrs. Owen from Midlothian VA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Steam With Story Time

My students need fiction and nonfiction books to build a STEAM library in our newly established STEAM program. These books will help them connect literature to innovation and will become the foundation of our STEAM expeditions.

  • $383 goal

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My Students

I love that through STEAM, I'm able to help students have fun while learning to collaborate, self-explore, think critically, and problem solve. It's never too early to prepare our youth for the future workforce and to foster the imagination of natural-born scientists, engineers, and mathematicians alike. In a STEAM classroom it's all about making cross curricular connections and presenting kids with different ways to make connections and think critically through different experiences. The best part is that with STEAM, there's no right or wrong answer. It's about having fun, helping others, and fostering curiosity through multisensory activities.

My Project

For STEAM instruction, I will begin many lessons by reading a children's book. Let's say that I choose the fiction story, One Rainy Day, by M. Christina Butler. In this story, Little Hedgehog wakes up to a rainy day. He gets ready for the day in his rainy day best attire, but soon the rain turns into a treacherous storm where he has to help his friends who aren't so prepared.

As a student, your design challenge is to use a variety of materials to create an umbrella that will protect Hedgehog and his friends from the rain.

Your supplies will include popsicle sticks, paper towel rolls, tape, pipe cleaners, and cellophane. You will have access to a low heat hot glue gun and an adorable hedgehog stuffed animal. You will test your hedgehog's umbrella by spraying it with water from a spray water bottle. Good Luck! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Structuring STEAM challenges like this motivates, inspires, fosters creativity, encourages teamwork, but best of all...provides a childhood connection that makes sense.

We would LOVE to begin the year with a variety of books to connect to our challenges. Your donations will make us one of the happiest STEAM classrooms yet! Thank you in advance!

Mrs. Owen
Grades 3-5

This project will reach 999 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Papa's Mechanical Fish • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Gravity • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon • AKJ Education $15.29 1 $15.29
Grand Canyon • AKJ Education $14.59 1 $14.59
Rivers of Sunlight: How the Sun Moves Water Around the Earth • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Buried Sunlight How Fossil Fuels Have Changed the Earth • AKJ Education $13.86 1 $13.86
Dreaming Up A Celebration of Building • AKJ Education $13.83 1 $13.83
The Dot • AKJ Education $13.50 1 $13.50
Ish • AKJ Education $13.50 1 $13.50
Monkey with a Tool Belt • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
If I Built a House • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
11 Experiments That Failed • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Rosie Revere, Engineer • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
Ada Twist, Scientist • AKJ Education $13.10 1 $13.10
Maybe Something Beautiful • AKJ Education $12.40 1 $12.40
The Most Magnificent Thing • AKJ Education $12.37 1 $12.37
Iggy Peck's Big Project Book for Amazing Architects • AKJ Education $10.94 1 $10.94
Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers • AKJ Education $10.91 1 $10.91
If I Built a Car • AKJ Education $6.56 1 $6.56
When a Line Bends . . . A Shape Begins • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
B Is for Bulldozer Board Book A Construction ABC • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Coral Reefs • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Nothing Sticks Like a Shadow • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Galimoto • AKJ Education $5.10 1 $5.10
Just A Little Bit • AKJ Education $5.07 1 $5.07
Curious George and the Dump Truck • AKJ Education $2.91 1 $2.91

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