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  • $785 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Ms. Wells
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households
  • 5 donors
  • $0 still needed

Using Science Notebooks: From Seed to Pumpkin Pie

My students need science supplies, like 30 lenses, seeds and books, to complete a inquiry-based study of plant life cycles. We will use a digital camera and printer, with extra ink, to document our journey.

My Students

Albert Einstein once said, "If there is a better solution. . .find it." Teaching students to observe, interact, and wonder about the natural world will prepare them for a lifetime of learning. I want to combine scientific inquiry with digital resources to put my students on the path of discovery.

My students love to explore and discover.

They come from a variety of ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are a small school in rural Alaska where most students ride the bus to and from school. Because of our harsh winters, geographical location, and high poverty, student opportunities are limited. I want my young scientists to be able to explore their world.

My Project

Through a series of lessons and observations of the plant life cycle, students will gain an understanding of plants and their importance in our world. Using science notebooks, students will predict, observe, record, and draw conclusions about what they see and do. Additionally, the digital camera and printer allow us to make a final digital product of this year's learning. In our pumpkin project, students will learn how to accurately estimate the circumference and diameter of round objects, using their heads, various balls and large pumpkins. Students will then measure the pumpkins to check for reliability of their original estimates. When we are finished, we will estimate how many seeds are inside, then cut them open and count the seeds. Finally, students will replant pumpkin seeds, and practice using fractions as we make pumpkin pie. Students will integrate reading, writing, math, science, and the art of storytelling to document the journey from seed to pumpkin pie.

Please help ensure more reading opportunities for my students by providing them with science materials at their reading level.

Your help in documenting their science discoveries both traditionally (as in a science notebook) and digitally, will ensure that students are prepared for both higher education and future employment. I want to engage my students to encourage them to be life-long learners!

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
HP - Photosmart 7520 Wireless e-All-In-One Printer • Best Buy for Business $149.99 1 $149.99
Sony - Cyber-shot DSC-W710 16.1-Megapixel Digital Camera - Silver • Best Buy for Business $89.99 1 $89.99
Roaring Spring Composition Book 7-1/2x9-3/4" Wide Ruling, White, 100 Sheets/Pad, Recycled • Quill.com $1.52 24 $36.48
SanDisk - 8GB Memory Stick PRO Duo Memory Card • Best Buy for Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Lens, Dual Hand, Pack of 30 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $29.95 1 $29.95
HP - 564 Inkjet Cartridge Combo Pack - Cyan/Magenta/Yellow • Best Buy for Business $29.08 1 $29.08
HP - 564XL Ink Cartridge - Black • Best Buy for Business $22.99 1 $22.99
Plants • AKJ Books $20.81 1 $20.81
What Lily Gets from Bee • AKJ Books $17.47 1 $17.47
From Bird Poop to Wind • AKJ Books $17.47 1 $17.47
Cooking With Sunshine • AKJ Books $17.47 1 $17.47
Brassica rapa (Wisconsin Fast Plants(r)), Standard Seed, Pack of 50 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $11.64 1 $11.64
HP - 564 Ink Cartridge - Black • Best Buy for Business $10.99 1 $10.99
The Dandelion Seed Joseph A. Anthony, Cris Arbo (Illustrator • AKJ Books $8.06 1 $8.06
Plants • AKJ Books $6.53 1 $6.53
Plants • AKJ Books $5.83 1 $5.83
Understanding Photosynthesis With Max Axiom, Super Scientist • AKJ Books $5.80 1 $5.80
What Is a Life Cycle? Bobbie Kalman, Jacqueline Langille, Ja • AKJ Books $5.80 1 $5.80
What Do Roots Do? Kathleen V. Kudlinski, David Schuppert (Il • AKJ Books $5.80 1 $5.80
Lowepro - Geneva 10 Camera Case - Black • Best Buy for Business $5.68 1 $5.68
From Pit to Peach Tree Ellen Weiss • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
From Eye to Potato Ellen Weiss • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Plants Are Living Things • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Dandelions • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Pumpkins • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
From Bulb to Daffodil Ellen Weiss • AKJ Books $5.07 1 $5.07
Seeds • AKJ Books $4.74 1 $4.74
It''s a Fruit, It''s a Vegetable, It''s a Pumpkin Allan Fowler, • AKJ Books $3.61 1 $3.61
Leaves • AKJ Books $3.61 1 $3.61
The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds: A Book About How Living T • AKJ Books $2.91 1 $2.91

Materials cost

$573.11

Vendor shipping charges

$46.89

State sales tax

$8.60

3rd party payment processing fee

$8.60

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$667.20

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$117.74

Total project goal

$784.94

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$784.94

3 Donors

-$372.47

Donations toward project cost

-$316.60

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$55.87

Matching donations from our partners

-$412.47

Match offers toward project cost

-$350.60

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$61.87

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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5 donors5 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 21 students.

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This classroom project was brought to life by The Walt Disney Company and 4 other donors.

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