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Ms. Harris from Concord CA is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

STEM Creatures Crafted from Clay to Celebrate Earth Day!

Help me give my students get air-dry clay, acrylic paints, and modeling tools to create unique art inspired by Nature and STEM to celebrate Earth Day every day of the year!

  • $254 goal

This project expired on July 15, 2019.

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My Students

I work with students who are English language learners and have learning disabilities. They also come from families that struggle with paying bills and affording school supplies and books. Despite these challenges, my students bring many strengths to the classroom, including a passion for learning and a willingness to take risks as they acquire the building blocks of reading.

My students love math, science, computers, and art, and they love learning how things work.

They are curious about the world and are eager to improve their literacy skills.

My Project

The soft, pliable clay and delicate, wooden sculpting tools will give my students an opportunity to exercise their creativity and problem solving skills while honing fine motor skills. My students will choose an animal or plant to sculpt after researching STEM topics about Earth Day online and in books. They will use the sculpting tools to add eyes, fur, scales, claws, patterns, and designs. Once their unique creations have dried overnight, my students will paint their art with coats of colorful, vivid acrylic paint.

In her website Lakeside Pottery, Patty Storms writes about "The forgiving quality of clay, and therefore the ability to readily fix mistakes, gives the child a sense of control over their project’s success which improves self esteem and self expression as they realize that mistakes aren’t going to stop their progress".

Students who are given opportunities to work with clay can develop a stronger sense of self and pride in their work while viewing mistakes as part of the learning process. Working with clay is calming and can become a lifelong hobby that students can turn to throughout their lives when they need to relax.

Incorporating art into science lessons helps students with diverse learning modalities access the curriculum. Students who are reluctant readers will gain interest in topics such as climate change, endangered animals, biomes, and sustainable living when given the opportunity to extend their learning with creative projects.

Ms. Harris
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 28 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Crayola Air-Dry Clay, White, 5 Pound Resealable Bucket Natural Clay for Kids, No Baking, Dries Hard, Easy to Paint, A Smoother, Simpler, Less-Sticky Alternative to Traditional Ceramics • Amazon Business $9.44 6 $56.64
Mont Marte Mini Modelling Tools Boxwood 10pce - 3pack • Amazon Business $14.95 2 $29.90
Acrylic Paint Set By Color Technik, Artist Quality, LARGE SET - 18x59ml (2-Ounce) Bottles, Best Colors For Painting Canvas, Wood, Clay, Fabric, Nail Art & Ceramic, Rich Pigments, Heavy Body, GIFT BOX • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
WXBOOM 36 Bright Colors DIY Modeling Magic Air Dry Clay Ultra-Light Plasticine Clay for Kids,Teens,Creative Art DIY Crafts • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
U.S. Art Supply 75ml Acrylic 12 - Color Paint Extra Large Tube Artist Painting Set • Amazon Business $17.96 1 $17.96
Acrylic Paint Brush Set, 5 Packs / 50 pcs Nylon Hair Brushes for All Purpose Oil Watercolor Painting Artist Professional Kits • Amazon Business $11.19 1 $11.19
Ziploc Storage Bags, Quart, 80 ct • Amazon Business $7.72 1 $7.72
Cut-Rite Wax Paper by Reynolds 75 Sq.Ft • Amazon Business $1.49 1 $1.49

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