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The goal of this project is to increase my students interest in Science. The funds from this grant will provide opportunities for hands-on observation, exploration and recording in a variety of science topics. This grant will help develop excitement for Science and lead to my students meeting end of year Science goals for Kindergarten.

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Kindergarten Scientists!!!

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School:
Forest Lakes Elementary School 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Ellen Lattanzio 
Students Impacted:
20 
Grade:
Date:
July 14, 2016

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Pinellas Education Foundation - Tag - $590.00

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 19

  I am so excited that we were able to receive funding for this project.  We were able to buy lab coats for each of our Scientists!  We wore these each time we did our Friday experiements.  We also had journal provided for us to record our observations all year.  The "Let's find Out" subscriptions gave us another resource to use as we studented Science all year.  At the annual Forest Lakes Family Stem Night my students were eager to share their STEM projects while wearing their super cool lab coats.  Thank you!!

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

The goal of this project is to increase my students interest in Science. The funds from this grant will provide opportunities for hands-on observation, exploration and recording in a variety of science topics. This grant will help develop excitement for Science and lead to my students meeting end of year Science goals for Kindergarten. 

 

What will be done with my students

My students will have the opportunity for hands on science exploration and observation in the classroom Science Center at least once a week. The materials from this project will provide journals in which my students will record and reflect their Science observations. Observations may include fossil rocks, insects, seedlings, butterflies to name a few. Kindergarten students will enjoy dressing as Scientists in lab coats and goggles. The project will infuse Science during our literacy center time. The Let's Find Out/Science Spin subscriptions will allow each student additional opportunities for literacy. These are Kindergarten friendly publications which follow the curriculum. These magazines will be shared at home with families to increase at-home involvement. Finally, whole group classroom Science exploration will take place to extend learning. This project includes independent work opportunities, student collaboration and family involvement. My students will develop a strong interest in learning all things Science through this project! 

 

Benefits to my students

Students will make progress to meet end of year Science standards. The Science Center will become a central area of learning during Literacy Centers. Students will develop an interest in Science through this project. The following standards will be addressed:

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 pictorial records as appropriate 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 comes from careful observation. 

 

Describe the Students

Forest Lakes is home to 523 Pre-K through grade 5 students of which 33.3% received free and/or reduced lunch in the 2015-2016 school year. The specific demographics of my class are not available at this time since our 2016-2017 student rosters have not yet been created. Previous class data reveals that my self-contained Kindergarten population contained a diverse group of learners: some high performers, some average performing students and some struggling students. My students may be part of an ESE population whose Individualized Education Plan provides services for speech-impaired students, language-impaired students, Autistic Spectrum Disorder students and vision impaired students. Generally most kindergarten students enter the school year with some preschool experience.  

 

Budget Narrative

Science materials are currently accessed and housed in my classroom Science Center. This project calls for consumable journal and reading materials which will help to infuse literacy with Science. Lamination will be used for magazine posters in Science Center. Lab coats can be reused each school year. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Class set of student lab coats $300.00
2 20 subscriptions to Let's Find Out with Science Spin $140.00
3 Journaling materials $100.00
4 Lamination $50.00
  Total: $590.00

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