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Mrs. Carbone from Portland ME is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

What Makes a Bird a Bird? Project Based Learning

My students need a web cam to observe real birds & journal their discoveries! We need other books and resources to learn what makes a bird, and how beaks, feet, and feathers help them to survive.

  • $788 goal

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My Students

Kindergarten is often a chid's first impression of public education. Many may have attended a pre-K program or attended preschool. Many are enriched with home experiences. Unfortunately, many also receive neither. Our current kindergarteners come from a variety of economic and diverse backgrounds. A very large percentage of the students in our school speak a language other than English primarily at home. We have a very high rate of free and reduced-price lunch students.

That being said, it is evident that these children, and their peers, are sponges and are eager to be engaged learners and teachers to others.

We will use the tools we have to share and engage in meaningful and relevant learning so that each day is fun, and they leave looking forward to coming back for more!

My Project

My students need books, live web cams and manipulatives to help support a variety of learners, especially kinesthetic, and those with limited background knowledge or experiences. We want to watch real birds doing real things and make comparisons to other animals and research human effects on nature and birds specifically.

With Project Based Learning, students will be guided through inquiry that will allow them to discover, manipulate, and create, to foster and deepen their understanding about what makes birds unique from other animals, and how their various features such as beaks, feet, and feathers allow them to thrive and survive in various habitats.

Mrs. Carbone
Grades PreK-2
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 75 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
HH582 - Birds Specimen Center • Lakeshore Learning Materials $29.99 5 $149.95
Audubon Water Birds (Ducks) with Sound (Set of 3) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $22.06 5 $110.30
Backyard Birds (Set of 3) • Kaplan Early Learning Company $22.06 5 $110.30
Wansview Outdoor 1080P WiFi Wireless IP Security Bullet Camera ,IP66 Weatherproof, Night VisionW2-Black • Amazon Business $50.00 1 $50.00
Feathers: Not Just for Flying • Amazon Business $7.92 5 $39.60
Beaks! • Amazon Business $7.18 5 $35.90
Birds Need Trees, Trees Need Birds - Paperback • Kaplan Early Learning Company $6.76 5 $33.80
Birds and Bugs (TIME FOR KIDS® Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $4.99 5 $24.95
Beauty and the Beak: How Science, Technology, and a 3D-Printed Beak Rescued a Bald Eagle • Amazon Business $11.70 1 $11.70
On Meadowview Street • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
On Bird Hill (On Bird Hill and Beyond) • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16
Am I Like You? • Amazon Business $11.16 1 $11.16

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