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Mrs. Silvestro from La Fayette NY is requesting Educational Kits & Games through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

STEM Is Dino-Mite!

Help me give my students books and National Geographic fossil kits to prepare them to be future STEM leaders.

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My Students

Our Title I school is located in a close-knit, rural community near Syracuse, New York. Many of the families at our school have been in the school district for generations. Agriculture is an important part of the local economy, as apple orchards flourish on the rolling hills. My second-grade students' learning styles and needs are as diverse as their backgrounds, but they all have the yearning to be successful.

My kids are curious about the world around them and enjoy solving their own questions through experiments and hands-on activities.

Every Friday in our classroom, students participate in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Challenges and have time to tinker in our classroom maker space. This is a wonderful way to end our school week.

"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” ― Mary Lou Cook

My Project

My project was inspired by Mrs. Johnson's winning project, "Women in STEM Exploration, Innovation & Communication through Video Production". Next month, we will be reading biographies of influential female leaders who have contributed to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in honor of Women’s History Month. Using the requested books and IF/THEN online resources, the students will learn all about paleontologists Mary Anning, Sue Henderickson, and Myria Perez.

Students will learn to excavate fossils by watching the IF/THEN video titled, "Cool Tools: Digging Up Fossils".

Then, my paleontologists will use the fossil kits and tools such as brushes, magnifying glasses, and pith helmets to dig for fossils like the scientists they learned about in class. The dinosaur goodies will be used for reading activities.

My homeroom students will have a chance to create their own video about a famous paleontologist using fossils, their own creations, our green screen, and the Do Ink app. With these engaging activities, I hope to excite my students about the endless possibilities in the field of STEM and encourage them to learn more about STEM leaders.

Mrs. Silvestro
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 38 students.

4 donors have given to this project.

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Dig It Up! Dino Skeletons plus FREE Bonus Excavation Kit • MindWare $25.95 4 $103.80
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Dino Fossil Dig Kit – Excavate 3 real fossils including Dinosaur Bones & Mosasaur Teeth - Great Jurassic Science gift for Paleontology and Archeology enthusiasts of any age • Amazon Business $9.99 5 $49.95
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Dino Fossil Dig Kit – Excavate 3 real fossils including Dinosaur Bones & Mosasaur Teeth - Great Jurassic Science gift for Paleontology and Archeology enthusiasts of any age • Amazon Business $9.99 5 $49.95
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Dino Fossil Dig Kit – Excavate 3 real fossils including Dinosaur Bones & Mosasaur Teeth - Great Jurassic Science gift for Paleontology and Archeology enthusiasts of any age • Amazon Business $9.99 5 $49.95
Jet Creations 4-pk Inflatable Dinosaurs Combo, T-rex Pteranodon, Stegosaurus, Raptor. Great for Pool, Party Decoration. Size Range Approx. 37 to 51 inch, Multicolor • Amazon Business $44.99 1 $44.99
Dinosaur Toy & Activity Assortment • Oriental Trading $19.99 1 $19.99
12 Pack Safari Party Hats Plastic Jungle Theme Animals Explorer Pith Halloween Costume Toy for Kids Beige • Amazon Business $8.99 2 $17.98
Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist (Women in Science Biographies, Fossil Books for Kids, Feminist Picture Books, Dinosaur Gifts for Kids) • Amazon Business $16.19 1 $16.19
You Can Be a Paleontologist!: Discovering Dinosaurs with Dr. Scott • Amazon Business $15.68 1 $15.68
Color Your Own Dinosaur Slap Bracelets • Oriental Trading $14.99 1 $14.99
Dinosaur Wind-Ups • Oriental Trading $13.88 1 $13.88
When Sue Found Sue: Sue Hendrickson Discovers Her T. Rex • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Dinosaur in Slime-Filled Plastic Eggs - 12 Pc. • Oriental Trading $9.99 1 $9.99
Little Dino Egg Character Toys • Oriental Trading $8.99 1 $8.99

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