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Mrs. Maassen-Garner from Lorain OH is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

The Earth Needs the Sun but Does It Need the Moon?

Help me give my students the ability to see and model how the moon affects the earth by using the hands-on inquiry set after I demonstrate with the illuminated orbiter.

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My Students

I have amazing and talented scholars that come from a variety of backgrounds. My smart and hardworking scholars want to do well in school.

Though they may have difficulty bringing supplies for class, they love to learn just like other scholars their age.

They put forth their best effort despite being in a district where all scholars receive free breakfast and lunch. I believe they could be more engaged if they were able to do more hands on and visual learning. Although I use a variety of techniques in my class, more hands on activities will assist my scholars with learning the concepts presented in class.

My Project

Scholars have many different ways in which they learn best. Understanding the concept of how the moon affects the earth is difficult to grasp just by reading about it. These materials will assist my scholars by providing both a visual aspect with direct instruction by me and a physical, hands-on approach with the models for the scholars to manipulate.

As the moon rotates, they will be able to see how the moon revolves around the earth as the earth revolves around the sun.

Then the scholars will use their model to see the relationship between the sun, moon and the earth. These items will help them understand multiple concepts including the phases of the moon, why those phases happen, seasons on Earth, both spring tides and neap tides as well as learning the specific vocabulary that goes with the lessons.

Mrs. Maassen-Garner
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latinx, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Moon Phase Classroom Inquiry Set • Nasco $149.95 1 $149.95
Hubbard Scientific Illuminated Orbiter - Sun, Moon, Earth • Amazon Business $132.46 1 $132.46
NewPath Learning 34-6830"Sun-Earth-Moon" Flip Chart Set • Amazon Business $35.95 1 $35.95
NewPath Learning 44-6019 Physical Science Vocabulary Builder Flash Card Set, Grade: 6 to 10 • Amazon Business $24.95 1 $24.95
NewPath Learning 44-6018 Earth Science Vocabulary Builder Flash Card Set, Grade: 6 to 10 • Amazon Business $23.75 1 $23.75

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