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Our 2017-18 school goal reads, "If McInnis Elementary implements equity of standards, across the grade levels, then student achievement will increase.” My new position as Science/STEM Lab Intervention teacher is a response to this goal. I see a majority of the classes once a week in the lab. Teachers bring their students for a hands-on, minds-on experience that compliments what they are teaching in science and aligns to our science standards. My primary goal is to provide the students an opportunity to investigate the science content in a way that is not being accomplished in class. So often in elementary, teachers default to just reading the textbook for a science lesson. I am providing equity in that not all students are able to understand the content without the hands-on piece. A secondary goal of mine is modeling for the teachers what lessons look, feel and sound like beyond the textbook.

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"I'm Building the Plane While It's in the Air!"

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School:
McInnis Elementary 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Sonia Larrabee 
Students Impacted:
400 
Grade:
Pre K - 5 
Date:
August 18, 2017
Deadline:
April 30, 2018

70% Funded

 

 

Only $213.26 Needed

 

 

Goal

Our 2017-18 school goal reads, "If McInnis Elementary implements equity of standards, across the grade levels, then student achievement will increase.” My new position as Science/STEM Lab Intervention teacher is a response to this goal. I see a majority of the classes once a week in the lab. Teachers bring their students for a hands-on, minds-on experience that compliments what they are teaching in science and aligns to our science standards. My primary goal is to provide the students an opportunity to investigate the science content in a way that is not being accomplished in class. So often in elementary, teachers default to just reading the textbook for a science lesson. I am providing equity in that not all students are able to understand the content without the hands-on piece. A secondary goal of mine is modeling for the teachers what lessons look, feel and sound like beyond the textbook.  

 

What will be done with my students

Each class is scheduled to be in the Lab once a week. I collaborate with each grade level team of teachers before planning each hands-on lesson. It is important that my lab lessons compliment the content covered in class. When planning each hands-on, minds-on experience, I consider the following: class dynamics, student population (physical, social, and mental), previous background, and what the teacher already plans to do with their class. Armed with this knowledge, I plan my investigative lessons to include students getting their hands on models and materials that make science real and comprehensible. 

 

Benefits to my students

The benefits are both short- and long-term. Science is like Christmas morning - or should I say - it's supposed to be like Christmas morning! Students will get to 'unwrap' the gift of science each week through exploration and discovery. My Science/STEM Lab is meant to be the catalyst for life-long learning and careers in science. In addition, so many connections will be made within the other subject areas because of the lab experiences the students will have. 

 

Budget Narrative

I have 6 lab tables in my room - 4 students per lab table. For maximum benefits, students work in teams of 2. The materials in the proposed budget will allow for this structure. I always strive to have students working in smaller groups rather than larger groups so that they may get their hands on the materials for the maximum amount of time to maximize their experience. These materials will be used for investigations throughout the 17-18 school year.

The materials requested are ones that can be used in multiple investigations. Currently, I have limited supplies for the amount of students I am seeing in the Lab each week to cover all the curriculum in each of the grade levels. I am acquiring these materials as I go, week by week - so in other words, "I'm Building the Plane While It's in the Air!" Thank you so much for considering my budget request! 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 12 Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer With Laser Targeting $335.88
2 12 Ozeri Pro Digital Kitchen Food Scale, 1g to 12 lbs Capacity, Chrome $179.40
3 6 Magnetic Match Rings $78.00
4 2-12 pack Ceramic Bar Magnets $29.98
5 2 Portable Black Lights $30.00
6 20-6 pack of owl pellets $60.00
  Total: $713.26

70% Funded

 

 

Only $213.26 Needed

 

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