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To augment materials needed for Spirit Elementary's third grade students to "do" science rather than just read about it as prescribed in Volusia County's Third Grade Science Curriculum Map 2017-18.

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Hands-on Science Turns Minds On!

Spirit Elementary 
Delilah ragan 
Students Impacted:
September 1, 2017


Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.


DUKE Energy Foundation - $125.00



To augment materials needed for Spirit Elementary's third grade students to "do" science rather than just read about it as prescribed in Volusia County's Third Grade Science Curriculum Map 2017-18. 


What will be done with my students

Hands-on Investigations - 3rd Grade Science Curriculum Map 2017-18

Weeks 1-4 and throughout the Year - Use Scientific Tools: goggles, gloves, hand lenses, microscopes (need bulbs), spring scales, digital scales, graduated cylinders, measuring cups, beakers, stopwatches, eyedroppers, infrared thermometers. Request includes 1 set of 48 prepared slides for viewing under the microscopes.
Week 5-7
- Record observations and temperatures, i.e. temperature of soil in the sun vs. in the shade – will need thermometers like infrared thermometers.
Weeks 8-9
- Conduct Overcoming Gravity Investigation with Alka-Seltzer and film canisters (need Alka Seltzer/film canisters - Lucas)
Weeks 10-12
- Observe physical properties using the five senses and enhanced by hand lenses and microscopes. Request includes a set of 48 prepared slides.
-Use measurement tools to measure volume, mass, length, and temperature.
-Investigate and measure mass and volume using spring scales, and (pan balances Spirit has) - use water displacement method in appropriate graduated cylinders and beakers. Request includes hexagon weights for weight and volume.
Week 16 – STEM Week
- Water Filtration Challenge
Materials needed: digital scales, graduated cylinders, clear plastic cups, empty water bottles with the bottom cut off, piece of cloth for between bottle cap and bottle, rubber bands, dirty water, hay, sand, gravel, charcoal, cornmeal, flour cotton balls, paper towels, straws, eyedroppers, white construction paper.
Dirty water ingredients: gallon size containers for water, dirt, ½ cup of cocoa, 1 cup of mustard, pieces of Styrofoam, or other matter that will float. Request includes a shopping list of items needed.
Week 20
- Investigate absorption of light energy by measuring the temperature of different colors of water, Jell-o, or paper – use infrared thermometers.
- Investigate refraction of light with water in a cup with a spoon or pencil, using a hand lens and prisms.
- Investigate the relationship between light absorption and temperature with dark colors and light colors – use paper or fabric and infrared thermometers.
Weeks 23-24
- Explore plant structures: roots, stems, leaves, flowers. Use hand lenses and microscopes.
Weeks 25-26
- Investigate a plant’s response to heat, light, and gravity. See curriculum map for possibilities. Materials needed: seeds, containers, plants, paper towels, plastic bags, clear plastic cups.



Benefits to my students

The benefit to students of having science tools and materials to "do" science is explained in the second E of the 5 E Model of Teaching Science. The second E is the Exploration Stage - which provides students with a common set of experiences from which to make sense of the concept, process or skill that is to be learned.

Many concepts are abstract to children until experienced. Engagement soars and the level of understanding deepens. 


Budget Narrative

This budget will purchase some of the many items needed for third grade hands-on science investigations scheduled for the 2017-18 school year. In addition, many items can be reused for years to come - like safety goggles, spring scales, digital scales, infrared thermometers, and hand lenses.
Other items, like those listed for the Week 16 STEM investigation will be used and will result with some leftover materials for other uses.
The number of items that teachers are requested to supply on their own or through their school supplies is quite large and can be found on a document submitted separately.
Third grade teachers would be sincerely thankful for the items requested so our kids can "do" science.
Thank you for your consideration.



# Item Cost
1 36 safety student goggles - Lakeshore $79.99
2 3 boxes of kids safety gloves (50 count) - Amazon $26.97
3 36 Hand lenses - Lakeshore $99.99
4 20 Replacement Bulbs for Microscopes @ $5.99 each - School Specialty $119.80
5 1 set of 48 piece plastic prepared slides $14.19
6 6 Spring Scales $17.70
7 6 digital scales $65.94
8 6 sets Rainbow-B 5 Pcs Clear Plastic Graduated Cylinder, 10, 25, 50, 100, 250ml, with 2 Plastic Beakers & 1 Cylinder Brush - Amazon $65.94
9 3 sets of Hexagon Weights for scales and balances $45.90
10 12 student stop watches - Lakeshore $89.97
11 36 safe eyedroppers $16.99
12 6 Infrared non-contact Thermometers @ 9.98 $59.88
13 6 Prisms @6.70 $40.20
14 3 boxes AlkaSeltzer (36 count) $13.70
15 STEM Week 16 List of Materials $122.49
16 3 sets of Delta Education 110-8349 Planting Starter Set $102.00
  Total: $982.00


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