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Mrs. Wood from Salt Lake City UT is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

The Social Science Laboratory: Around the World in 180 Days

Help me give my students the opportunity to immerse themselves in other cultures and time periods with globes, maps, historical paintings, and documents for my geography and history classroom.

  • $660 goal

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My Students

Since we are a charter school, our students come from all over Salt Lake Valley (and beyond), and from all different backgrounds. We are a Title 1 school, so most of our students are low income, many from immigrant families. I teach geography and history, and our students bring fascinating firsthand perspectives on all sorts of topics - immigration, refugees, homelessness, world religions, etc.

I hear about stereotypes of teenagers who bully and torment each other, but our school is unified by an appreciation of each other's differences.

Our students have very different personalities, interests, passions, backgrounds, abilities, and disabilities, but they are remarkably accepting of each other. I've even heard students say things to the effect of, "we're all weird, and we're cool with that."

My Project

At our Title 1 school we are trying to give students hands-on experiences with all their subjects. Our classrooms need the things that they will reference throughout the year to better understand historic and geographic context and make connections to an ever more globalized world.

Just like science classrooms that are filled with the instruments students use for experiments, social studies classrooms need the maps, globes, charts, photographs, and paintings to immerse our students in a history or geography "lab."

My students regularly walk up to my map to explain their theories and point out their evidence. I would love to have more current and clear maps, photographs, and painting that students can use as primary sources. Our current globes are broken and far outdated, and it would be very helpful to have ones that stay together. Each of the things on our list will help make history and geography more accessible and interesting for students. I have always wanted, for instance to have a raised relief map to help both history students understand and picture better the westward expansion of the United States, as well as to help geography students understand topographical maps and tectonic movement more visually.

Mrs. Wood
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Waypoint Geographic Ambassador II Illuminated Desktop Globe, 12" • Amazon Business $82.70 2 $165.40
Maps International - Giant World Map - Mega-Map Of The World - 78 x 48 - Full Lamination • Amazon Business $35.99 2 $71.98
Hubbard Scientific Ocean Floor Raised Relief Map, 26" x 39" • Amazon Business $46.13 1 $46.13
Utah NCR Series Raised Relief Map • Amazon Business $42.99 1 $42.99
Inflate World Globes (1 Dozen) - Bulk • Amazon Business $11.98 3 $35.94
Riley Creative Solutions ��1944 World War Map D-Day (3 Sizes) June 6th Normandy Military WWII History Poster Wall Art (16"x20") • Amazon Business $19.00 1 $19.00
Posterazzi Vintage Civil War Color Painting Robert E. Lee and General Thomas Stonewall Jackson on Horseback at There Last Meeting. Poster Print, ((8 x 10) • Amazon Business $14.56 1 $14.56
Why Geography Matters: More Than Ever • Amazon Business $13.94 1 $13.94
The Birth of Korean Cool: How One Nation Is Conquering the World Through Pop Culture • Amazon Business $13.11 1 $13.11
13x19 Anchor Maps United States at Night Poster - Impressive Satellite Photography of Numerous Light Sources (Cities, Fires, Oil Wells, etc.) in The Contiguous USA [Rolled] • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Success is Not Final - Winston Churchill - 11x14 Unframed Art Print - Great Gift Under $15 for World War II History Buffs • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Spirit of 76 Yankee Doodle by Arcibald Willard Art Print Laminated Dry Erase Sign Poster 12x18 • Amazon Business $12.94 1 $12.94
Wee Blue Coo Paintings Lithograph Portrait Andrew Jackson General USA War 1812 Unframed Wall Art Print Poster Home Decor Premium • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
graffitimaster 100 Countries Flags 82ft International Flags Bunting Banner for Party Decorations,Olympics,Grand Opening,Bar,Sports Clubs,School Events,Cultural Studies and More • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Gettysburg Address, Authentic Replica Printed on Antiqued Genuine Parchment. 14 X 11 • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Wee Blue Coo War Military History D Day Landing Normandy WWII Unframed Wall Art Print Poster Home Decor Premium • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Anley Fly Breeze 3x5 Foot Black Join Or Die Flag - Vivid Color and UV Fade Resistant - Canvas Header and Double Stitched - Rattlesnake Flags Polyester with Brass Grommets • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95

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