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Ms. Laurenson from Brooklyn NY is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

What Lies Beneath?

My students need a variety of materials, including soil, sand, gravel, straws and toothpicks, to conduct hands-on Science experiments.

  • $267 goal

This project expired on April 30, 2011.

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My Students

My wonderfully curious students are excited about doing hands-on science experiments but we do not have sufficient materials to accomplish the task.

I teach in a Title I elementary school in New York.

I have 30 of the most inquisitive, curious children from diverse and economically challenged families. They are 5th graders that I am trying to prepare for Middle School and the lack of resources and materials should not hold them back from learning.

My Project

If you fund my proposal, it will enable my students to explore 3 specific hands-on experiments. We will be able to build a model using the bins, soil, gravel, sand, and clay, to show several layers of different rock types allowing the children to gain an understanding of the ways subsurface layers of the Earth's crust can vary (What Lies Beneath?). In another experiment called "It's All Relative" the students will use the same materials to excavate a box containing several layers of sediment and create and compare diagrams of the geologic column. This will allow them to gain an understanding of the ways sediment can form different layers. In the third experiment "How do Sedimentary Rocks form?" the students will understand that most sedimentary rocks are formed under the water in lakes, swamps, seas, and oceans by creating a table top environment using the specimen jars, and various layers of pebbles, sand and fossil fragments.

With the lack of funding and the slashing of services to education, the deficit prevents budding young scientists from reaching their dreams.

If this project is funded you will be participating in the cultivation of the next Neil deGrasse Tyson, or the next...? As educators, we never know what lasting impact our influence will have on the next generation coming up through the ranks. I have seen the excitement on their faces when we begin our Science lessons. I would love to see more. Thank you

Ms. Laurenson
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
3-gal. Rubbermaid Roughneck Storage Container • Nasco $5.95 7 $41.65
Soil, Clay, 16 oz. • Nasco $4.95 3 $14.85
Sand, Fine, 2.5 kg. • Nasco $2.55 2 $5.10
Potting Soil, 4 qt. • Nasco $3.55 4 $14.20
Aquarium Gravel Rainbow-Colored • Nasco $3.70 3 $11.10
Plastic Straws Pkg. of 50 • Nasco $1.25 2 $2.50
Flat Toothpicks • Nasco $1.95 1 $1.95
Wide-Mouth Specimen Jars 32 oz. • Nasco $45.95 1 $45.95
Sea Shells 16-oz. Pkg • Nasco $10.10 3 $30.30
String, Cotton, Twine, 225 ft. • Nasco $2.20 2 $4.40

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