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Students will be actively engaged in science experiements to encourage making predictions/hypothesis, taking and tracking data, and recording results. They will also be reflecting on the information through peer collaboration, teacher lessons, and informational assessments to show content knowledge.

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STEM Explorers in Kindergarten 2018-2019

School:
Curlew Creek Elementary School 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Julie Lusk 
Students Impacted:
18 
Grade:
Date:
July 18, 2018

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

Victoria and Gino Millett - $20.00

Ace Contracting (Frankie Family) - $100.00

Diana DeLuca - $10.00

Courtney Jadidian - $25.00

Raymond James - $327.93

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Impact to My Classroom

# of Students Impacted: 18

Thank you to all the sponsors that invested in our classroom STEM grant!  

 

We are truly grateful for the additional supplies that enhance our curriculum towards a more hands-on approach to learning.  With the items in our grant, we were able to become architects and discover 3D shapes by recreating famous landmarks around the world, become scientists by using our butterfly life cycle models and comparing them to our real-life life cycle caterpillars on milkweed plants, learn to appreciate nature around us by using magnifying bug catchers, use science viewers to see some creatures that we wouldn't be able to (such as deep sea creatures- oh my!) and conduct experiments to learn about sound waves, magnets, and so much more.  It is so awesome to plant the seed of the excitement for learning in such a young age.  Our Kindergarten class has loved every item that has been received.  Together, we are able to create lifelong learners.  

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Butterfly life cycle model

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Sound experiment

 

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Recreating pyramids with magnetic tiles

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architects building together

 

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architects building together

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Our grant items are in!

 

Original Grant Overview

Goal

Students will be actively engaged in science experiements to encourage making predictions/hypothesis, taking and tracking data, and recording results. They will also be reflecting on the information through peer collaboration, teacher lessons, and informational assessments to show content knowledge. 

 

What will be done with my students

We will be conducting a variety of experiments throughout the year to encourage expansion of scientific knowledge with a hands on approach. Some of the experiments we will be conducting are life cycle of plants, frogs, and butterflies. We will also be investigating matter with sink and float, mixing colors, reactions of materials from liquids, solids, and gas. 

 

Benefits to my students

The benefits of introducing science and math to students at a younger age is to expand their minds and to be able to start familiarizing the scientific method to their thinking. They will be able to explore, create, observe, and recognize that many times we need to recheck and repeat the process as new information emerges. Research and understanding will help them form hypothesis and test their theory.
Most importantly, it is to encourage lifelong explorers, to questions the world around them, and to always seek the answers they are wondering about.  

 

Describe the Students

The Kindergarten classroom is of students from age 5-6. Students enter the room at various levels, since some have had preschool exposure while others have not. Students may vary in different learning needs, such as ESE, ESOL, and OHI. There are approximately 18 students. Hands on activities are very important for students at this age, as it is the best way for them to be introduced and retain new knowledge. 

 

Budget Narrative

We will use these materials to encourage and enhance active engagement to explore and experiment with the world around them. We will be creating scientific journals to collect data, make predictions, track progress, and create life long explorers who ask questions and seek answers. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Magna-Tiles DG546 $52.99
2 Building Brick STEM Challenge Kit TT758 $29.99
3 Lakeshore Manipulative Library 1 TT185X $169.00
4 Life Cycle Sequencing Set GR700 $29.99
5 Science Viewers- Set of 5 LL600X $79.99
6 Early Science File Folder Games- Complete Set PP570X $55.00
7 Dinosaur Floor Puzzle FK276 $12.99
8 Animals in the Barn Floor Puzzle FK324 $12.99
9 Jumbo Specimen Viewers (12) LA876 $39.99
  Total: $482.93

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