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Mrs. Akins from Edmond OK is requesting Reading Nooks, Desks & Storage through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

STEMming Through History

My students need hands-on items to make history come to life: building bricks to help us incorporate STEM, period artifacts to make the stories realistic, and storage tubs to preserve these items for future uses.

  • $531 goal

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My Students

I love my school and my students. My students are bright and curious. They are caring and courageous. They are eager to learn.

In our uniqueness lies our strength.

My students are wonderfully diverse. My school is a Title I school in a large suburban community. The school serves 668 students in grades Pre-K through fifth grade. The majority of the students are classified as economically disadvantaged. The student body is culturally diverse; 3.4% are classified as American Indian/AK Native, 2.3% are identified as Asian, 0.2% identify as HI/Pacific Islander, 20.8% are classified as black, non-Hispanic, 10.4% are categorized as Hispanic. White, non-Hispanic students account for 63.1% of the student body, while 11.7% identify as two or more races.

My Project

When my students begin to learn about the formation of the United States, I want them to have a trunk full of interesting colonial period items. STEM will be enhanced by the interlocking bricks, colonial STEM and Benjamin Franklin books. Maritime navigation tools, such as a sexton and astrolabe, compass, and telescope will allow students to experience the technology used during that time. Hats and costumes as well as colonial period games will help set the stage for what life was like for the colonists in that time.

A hands-on approach to learning American history is what my students need to be successful.

Students learn history best when they have examples of artifacts to examine. Integrating STEM will increase the rigor, add equity, and increase the engagement for all students. Having replicas of items that colonists would have used and clothing that they would have worn will make learning about American history more memorable and engaging for my students. Plastic storage tubs will help these items to last through several years.

This project will allow my students to have more opportunities to experience STEM and will help my students to increase their reading and math skills while they learn history.

Mrs. Akins
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Remington Heavy Duty Rolling Tote - 42.25 Gallon • Amazon Business $88.36 1 $88.36
The Wonderland Company Building Bricks - 1000 Pc Bulk Blocks - Includes 60 Roof Pieces - Tight Fit with Major Brands • Amazon Business $29.95 2 $59.90
California Costumes Colonial Lady/Betsy Ross/Martha Washington/Ch Costume, Large • Amazon Business $27.72 1 $27.72
California Costumes George Washington/Thomas Jefferson/Alexander Hamilton and Colonial Child Costume, Large • Amazon Business $23.92 1 $23.92
Neovivid Solid Brass Sextant Nautical Maritime Astrolabe Marine • Amazon Business $19.60 1 $19.60
Handy Art Little Masters Washable Tempera Paint Gallon, Black • Amazon Business $15.71 1 $15.71
Juvale Ring Toss Throw Game - Rope Ring Throwing Game with 6 Rope Rings and 2 Wooden Boards - Fun Party Outdoor Game for Children and Adults, Wood • Amazon Business $14.99 1 $14.99
Great Colonial America Projects: You Can Build Yourself (Build It Yourself) • Amazon Business $14.92 1 $14.92
Sterilite 1753 15 Qt. ClearView Plum Latch • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
The StoreKing Father’s Day Gifts Rosewood Cup and Ball Game Wooden Toys Handcrafted Gifts for Kids, Men & Women • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
ChefLand 100 Percent Organic Hand Poured Beeswax Premium Quality, Cosmetic Grade and Triple Filtered 5 oz (2 Pack) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
Interpreting Data About the Thirteen Colonies (Project Learning Through American History) • Amazon Business $10.00 1 $10.00
LAMBS WOOL PREMIER Size: 3/8 OZ (Pack of 3) • Amazon Business $9.07 1 $9.07
Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Coceca 300PCS Assorted Chicken Feathers for Various Crafts, Birthday Parties, Wedding and Party Dress-ups • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Kangaroo Deluxe Tricorn Felt Pirate Hat Adult • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
SharpSurvival Best Camping Survival Compass | Glow in the Dark Military Compass | Highest Quality Survival Gear Compass • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
The Prison-ship Adventure of James Forten, Revolutionary War Captive (History's Kid Heroes) • Amazon Business $8.86 1 $8.86
Big Mo's Toys Gold Rimmed Round Costume Glasses - 1 Pair • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
6" Handheld Brass Pocket Telescope - Pirate Navigation • Amazon Business $6.00 1 $6.00
Benjamin Franklin: Quotes & Facts • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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