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Mrs. Planz from Grovetown GA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Weighing the Benefits of Science Labs

My students need digital scales and ring stands to make precise measurements and calculations during laboratory activities.

  • $387 goal

This project expired on May 25, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students fill my classroom to the brim with insightful questions, thought-provoking comments, and innovative project ideas on a daily basis. I work tirelessly each and every day to keep up with their energy! What really impresses me is that all of my students opted to take 9th grade Physical Science and Algebra for two high school credits during their 8th grade year. They are on a mission, and it is my responsibility to keep the rigor high.

The focus in my classroom is hands-on, inquiry-based instruction to aid students in the development of their critical thinking skills.

Students need to leave my classroom high school ready.

Many of my students come from military families and have lived all over the country and even the world. As great as it sounds, moving frequently also has its own challenges that they work through during each move. I teach a diverse array of students, with about 35% receiving free or reduced lunch. There is a whole spectrum of demographic backgrounds and academic strengths. Half of my students are gifted, and all of them are relentless workers. They are endlessly appreciative of every hands-on lesson and project we do in my classroom.

My Project

My students learn and remember content at a much deeper level when they complete hands-on activities in my Physical Science class. In addition, conducting labs with advanced equipment helps them to become high school ready. When I began teaching in my classroom in August, lab supplies were in a critical shortage. As a result of the generous giving of others, I secured glassware, heating elements, and an elemental observation kit for my classroom. All my students need to round out our current materials is something to weigh chemicals with and something to secure glassware and thermometers during heating labs. That is where this project comes in.

My students will use digital scales and ring stands to complete inquiry-based activities in the following science units: Properties of Matter, Chemical Reactions, Solutions, and Energy.

Completing labs with these quality materials will allow them to develop lab safety skills to help them to succeed in high school and even college science courses! Not only will this benefit my students academically, it will also give them something to look forward to at school every day. There is a noticeable difference in student demeanor when my students know they are doing a lab in class that day! Thank you for reading about my classroom and looking at this project!

Mrs. Planz
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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7 donors7 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 103 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sciencent Retort Stand Premium Support Stand Rod 20" Acid Resistant • Amazon Business $14.87 7 $104.09
VersionTech Digital Food Kitchen Scale, Portable Multifunction Scale Gram with Stainless Steel Platform • Amazon Business $13.99 7 $97.93
Clamp Retort with 3 Black Sleeved Prongs and Boss Head • Amazon Business $8.53 7 $59.71
SEOH Plastic Square Weigh Boats Medium Dish 100pk • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99

Materials cost

$275.72

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$19.02

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.14

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$328.88

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$58.04

Total project goal

$386.92

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$386.92

6 Donors

-$199.38

Donations toward project cost

-$171.63

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$27.75

match offer

-$185.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$157.25

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$27.75

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$2.54

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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