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The goal of this project is instill a passion for learning about science by exposing Kindergarten students to engaging and collaborative science lessons/activities, thereby ensuring Kindergarten students meet and/or exceed Kindergarten Science benchmarks by the end of the 2015-2016 school year. This grant targets the following benchmarks: SC.K.N.1.1 Collaborate with a partner to collect information; SC.K.N.1.2 Make observations of the natural world and know that they are descriptors collected using the five senses; SC.K.N.1.3 Keep records as appropriate, such as pictorial records of investigations conducted; SC.K.
N.1.4 Observe and create a visual representation of an object which includes its major features; SC.K.N.1.5 Recognize that learning can come from careful observation.

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Kindergarten Researchers Become Sensational Scientists!

School:
Forest Lakes Elementary School 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Kay Durrance-D'Azzo 
 
Ellen Lattanzio 
Students Impacted:
38 
Grade:
Date:
August 7, 2015

2% Funded

 

 

Only $1,400.00 Needed

 

 

Goal

The goal of this project is instill a passion for learning about science by exposing Kindergarten students to engaging and collaborative science lessons/activities, thereby ensuring Kindergarten students meet and/or exceed Kindergarten Science benchmarks by the end of the 2015-2016 school year. This grant targets the following benchmarks: SC.K.N.1.1 Collaborate with a partner to collect information; SC.K.N.1.2 Make observations of the natural world and know that they are descriptors collected using the five senses; SC.K.N.1.3 Keep records as appropriate, such as pictorial records of investigations conducted; SC.K.
N.1.4 Observe and create a visual representation of an object which includes its major features; SC.K.N.1.5 Recognize that learning can come from careful observation.  

 

What will be done with my students

In order to meet the diverse academic needs of these two classes, a wide range of materials will be purchased. Once materials arrive, high-interest science texts, activities and interactive materials will be used during direct instruction to increase science knowledge and vocabulary, and to conduct experiments. A Science Literacy Center will be established to encourage further exploration of topics learned. It will include science texts, specimens, and activity games/folders along with a science journal to provide opportunities to explore and talk about science topics. Students will use the center daily in the classroom during Literacy Center Time as well as during literacy enrichment time.
Students will work independently at times and other times with a partner to learn how to research science topics and record data while also conducting hands-on experiments. Individuals and partners will present their findings to the class throughout the school year through various mediums (i.e., science journal, experiments, drawings and art projects, videos, partner projects, etc.).
Scales/rubrics will be discussed and visually displayed to include goals and expectations to inform and motivate students to focus on and reach their goals.
 

 

Benefits to my students

The students will participate in collaborative conversations and hands-on experiments exploring science topics in a fun and engaging center. Through this exposure, they will learn how to read and cite text based evidence, discuss science topics, observe and record findings independently and with a partner, thus using the Scientific Method. This should ensure success and create a passion for science! 

 

Describe the Students

This grant would support two Kindergarten classes with a total of 38 students. We do not have our class assignments at this time. Based on our population last year, we had 544 students enrolled and 33% of our students qualified for the Free and Reduced lunch program. Our school serves students in the following Exceptional Student Programs: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Speech and/or Language Impaired, Visually Impaired, Occupational Therapy and Varying Exceptionalities. Our goal is for all of our students to reach their full potential and become "Sensational Scientists"! 

 

Budget Narrative

The materials in this budget will be used to create a permanent, durable and easy to use Science Center in two separate classes. These materials are non-consumable. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Science Vocabulary Readers Kit $398.00
2 Living Things Up Close Library $80.00
3 Easy View Science Specimens $398.00
4 Safety Goggles Set of 6 $40.00
5 Lens and Prism Set $40.00
6 Motion Discovery Tubes $60.00
7 STEM Science Station -Magnets $40.00
8 Life Science Pocket Chart (one class) $109.00
9 Stick on Pocket chart (one class) $50.00
10 Early Science File Folder Games Set $110.00
11 Science File Folder Games K-1 (one class) $35.00
12 Science File Folder Games Gr. 2-3 (one) $35.00
13 Science Lab Coats $40.00
  Total: $1,435.00

2% Funded

 

 

Only $1,400.00 Needed

 

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