I teach 7th grade science in a typically underfunded public middle school. Our students are of a highly diverse population with many visual and kinesthetic learners.
Visual and kinesthetic students learn best with hands on labs. These inflatable sets will allow students to fully demonstrate lunar and solar eclipses. Our science budget has been slashed and we are trying to make what we have stretch as far as possible.
I can picture it now...our students are going to pick up these oversized models with great enthusiasm and they will be very excited to learn. They'll be in teams of 3 or 4 and will teach each other how and why an eclipse occurs. The first problem to solve will be to use the inflatables to demonstrate what positions the celestial bodies are in during both a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse. They will use them to demonstrate the differences between partial and full eclipses. This is inquiry-based learning! We'll get a lot of use out of these sets since the students can also demonstrate to each other why the Earth has seasons which is something many adults have misconceptions about and is a concept frequently assessed on the state exams. These inflatable models will allow my students to create memorable learning moments that will stick with them for life.
Your help will make it possible for my students to experience hands on, minds on science that will stay with them and allow them to experience the wonders of science.
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