The inoculation project 09/18/2022: Books and ecosystems


This week we have a new project, from a middle school teacher in Houston who needs more books than she can get the boys to read. She has a large collection of non-fiction here mostly on science and technology. Many thanks to Eastern Bluebird for sharing this suggestion!

This project should not be very difficult to carry out, with matching funds of The Montgomery Family Fund: We believe instilling a love of reading in students is essential to success in life. We invite you to join us in supporting projects that bring books to classrooms in Texas.


Project: Informative scientific books

Resources: Help me give my students non-fiction science books to add to our classroom library.

Economic need: A Equity-oriented school; notearly all students from low-income households.

Location: Woodland Acres College, HoustonTexas

Total: $255.31 (2x matching funds of The Montgomery Family Fund)

Still need: $235.31 $85.31 ($43 from us)

Description of the project by Ms. Self:

I would like to provide science-based non-fiction books for my students. Many boys preferred to read non-fiction rather than fiction books. Many of them like books about science, cars, planes, spies, etc. Many of my students have come to me specifically asking for these types of books.

I would like to have these books in my classroom library.

I know they would love, love these books! This donation would be greatly appreciated. There’s nothing I love more than being able to provide books that interest them. Thanks.

Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!

The way things work now is the updated version of David Macaulay’s fascinating book The way things work, which dismantles the technology so you don’t have to. This is a very short video; there is a great conversation of almost an hour of him, and nothing in between.

Epidemic! Plagues that changed history is also on the list.

We’ve come a long way with this project when the matching funds were available, and when they ran out, we’ve come another long way. We’ll just keep moving forward now! Ms. Saxon planned for her fifth-graders in Cleveland to raise plants and animals in a few two-liter soda bottles. Everything on his list is a tiny living organism, even the “tank set”, which is actually a collection of 11 small sea creatures.


Project: Ecosystems engage and animate learning

Resources: Help me give my students a Carolina Touch Tank, Fantail Goldfish, Mosquito Fish, and other aquatic objects to support our hands-on learning with ecosystems.

Economic need: A Equity-oriented school; notearly all students from low-income households.

Location: Nathan Hale Elementary School, Cleveland, Ohio

Total: $867.05

Still need: $306.99 $121.99

Description of the project by Ms. Saxon:

My students attend a school in a large urban district in Ohio, where 100% of students receive free breakfast and lunch. Many of our students walk to school through neighborhoods characterized by boarded up abandoned buildings and overgrown vacant lots. Despite this, my students manage to come to school every day with a passion for education and especially love to tackle the task of project-based inquiry learning.

These materials will make a difference in my students’ learning because they especially appreciate the learning opportunities that allow them to have hands-on experiences and different ways of learning.

Having resources to build and study a real ecosystem will make a huge difference in my students’ learning.

My students will be able to extend their learning beyond the textbook by participating in a STEM activity in which we build a pop bottle ecosystem with live mosquito fish, snails, woodlice, and aquatic growers. We would start by using our available technology to research each of the major organisms we will be handling.

Then the students will contribute by donating/recycling empty 2 liter soft drink bottles. Students will build the terrarium using one of the bottles. Inside the terrarium, students will grow grass, mustard and radish seeds. They will use daily diaries to record observations and measurements, as insects and abiotic materials are slowly introduced into the environment. They will use the other pop bottle to make the aquarium part of the ecosystem. Plants and aquatic organisms will also be added and observed. Finally, students will connect the land and water containers to create a complete ecosystem.

We will use touch organisms and goldfish to make predictions, test theories and expand our knowledge. This project will greatly help my students understand how all organisms (large or small) are connected within an ecosystem.

Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!

This was the best demo video I could find of what the project looks like to build.

We’ve had plenty of time to learn more about mosquito fish, so here’s another organism moving to Cleveland, the woodlouse.

Our main project from last week has been completed, with great help from our readers,…

Project 1, Life Sciences for Success: Ms. McClellan teaches fifth grade in Fort Worthand she hopes this year her students will have the chance to handle real fossils and work with real living things.

She writes : I’m so excited to bring fossils and an aquatic ecosystem to my classroom! These materials will allow me to provide hands-on experience for my students, allowing my students to gain a better understanding of the interaction between living and non-living components of the environment AND what life was like before using fossils !

DonorsChoose developed the designation Equity-focused schools describe some schools submitting projects. They meet two criteria: at least 50% of students are black, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, or multiracial, and at least 50% of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, the standard measure of economic need in the school. ‘school. You can read more at the link about their efforts to address long-standing inequalities in education.
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Founded in 2009, The inoculation project fights the anti-science and anti-education push in conservative America by funding science, math, and literacy projects in Red State public school classrooms and libraries. Our behavior is DonorsChoosea crowdfunding charity founded in 2000 and much loved by both Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau.

Every Sundaywe focus on helping finance projects in public neighborhoods schools where the overwhelming majority of students come from low-income households. We welcome everyone who supports education in public schools – no money required!

Finally here is our list of successfully funded projects — the total of our series is 993! The Success List log also contains links and additional information about DonorsChoose.

Starfish on the beach with caption: It made a difference for this one.

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