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The Inoculation Project, founded in 2009 by hyperbolic pants explosion, is a group of Kossacks who gather weekly to combat the anti-science push in conservative America by providing direct funding to science and math projects in red state classrooms. Our conduit is DonorsChoose.org, a twelve-year-old organization rated highly by both Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau. Here's a little introductory video about DonorsChoose. DonorsChoose.org allows you to make direct contributions to specific, vetted projects in public school classrooms, resulting in tremendous and immediate impacts from small dollar donations. Each week, we focus on funding a single small-dollar project at a time, in a traditionally red state classroom and preferably in a high-poverty district.
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This Week's Main Project
Project: Time for Learning!!

Resources Needed: Hand held clocks and instructional entrenchments for learning
School Poverty Level: High
Location: S.V. Marshall Elementary School, Lexington, Mississippi
Total Cost: $185.21
Still Needed: $185.21 COMPLETED!!!
Expires: Dec 29, 2012

Teacher's Comments from Ms. Breazeale:

My Students: Learning to tell time in various aspects has been one of the hardest objectives for my students for years. For an elementary student the concept of time is an abstract thought. Many students only see clocks in digital form. Please help my students get the resources they need to always be "ON TIME!"

My school is a title one school, located in the Mississippi Delta. This area is an area of high poverty. Most students come from single parent homes, or homes where they have a secondary care giver. My second graders are very excited to be beginning a new school year with the materials they need to succeed and be college ready!!

My Project: These resources will help my students understand elapsed time, understanding reading the minutes on a clock without relying on only digital forms. I find that reading minutes on a clock is a skill that many students struggle with, especially those with special learning needs. The materials needed will allow me to design my instruction to each student's learning style. I am requesting a Telling time set, a battery operated wall clock, and 30 mini-clocks to help my students learn to tell time.

Donating to this project will help our future generation understand an important life skill. We are going to rely on these kiddos to be on time for their jobs one day and I want to be the one to teach them that skill now! Please help make learning more meaningful by making deeper connections by using manipulatives.

COMPLETED!
Many thanks to our donors! Please see bonus projects.
We try to focus on the main project until it is completely funded, and then move on to the bonus project. If a project doesn't meet its funding goal by its deadline, it dies and any donations to it are referred to their donors to be moved to another project. For that reason, we don't like to split our sometimes limited resources between two open projects. Of course the choice of project to which you donate (if any!) is entirely yours.
Bonus Project #1
When the main project is finished, let's work on this one.
Project: Fun with Fractions

Resources Needed: Fraction tiles to help understand the concept of adding, subtracting and comparing fractions
School Poverty Level: High
Location: S. Johnson-Gretna Park Elementary School, Gretna, Louisiana
Total Cost: $118.66
Still Needed: $118.66 COMPLETED!!!
Expires: Jan 20, 2013

Teacher's Comments from Ms. Peterson:

My Students: Special Ed students have often faced challenges in their school life. Using hands on manipulatives to understand fractions will give students the confidence and ability to master concepts that they may have not had before.

My students are 5th grade special needs students who have an I can attitude. They can reach their goals no matter what it takes to get there. Being in a small self contained class, these students are well behaved and eager to please. Since some of our students have been together for 4 years, we think of our group as a family, not a class.

My Project: My students need fraction tiles. Fraction tiles are plastic strips that are cut in various fraction lengths, 1/2, 1/5, etc, to compare to 1 whole. A visual and hands on manipulative helps students who are unable to think abstractly about a problem understand why 1/5 of a pizza is less than 1/2 of a pizza.

Students with special needs often go through school feeling like they cannot succeed. With a different approach to a concept, or extra help, these students are able to master concepts and gain a confidence in learning that will encourage them to be life long learners.

COMPLETED!
Many thanks to our donors! Please see second bonus project.
Bonus Project #2

Lately, we've had a lot of success and paid for our projects early, leaving no way for latecomers to participate. While that's great, it's also a missed opportunity to help one more teacher. If you arrive and find bonus project #1 finished, please direct your donations to this project. We'll return to it as needed in future diaries.
Project: Sim STEM 8th Grade Science

Resources Needed: Games and resources about Green energy
School Poverty Level: High
Location: Osceola Middle School, Osceola, Arkansas
Total Cost: $382.01
Still Needed: $382.01 $268.78
Expires: Dec 24, 2012

Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Roach:

My Students: Our 8th grade science class provides hands on experiences for students which prepares them socially, academically, and developmentally. These experiences allow students opportunities at school that they may not be able to receive at home.

We are a 100% free and reduced lunch school located in a high-poverty area. We try very hard to meet the needs of our students. Although, we have students come to us with limited experiences and background knowledge, we provide students with many enrichment opportunities.

My Project: My students are a very energetic group. They need one Energy and Its Source Game and one Renewable Energy Education Set. These items will provide students with the opportunity to work cooperatively together through solving problems. These resources will allow my students to explore the world of renewable energy and provide fun activities that will provide lasting effects

Your donations will provide many opportunities for students. Problem-solving is a skill that can be used throughout a person's life. I feel that our renewable energy project will provide these students with an experience they will never forget.

DONATE HERE
Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!


Our Dollars at Work
Students from Mrs. Bradley's class dissect their owl pellets and identify the bones of the owls' prey, from the project, Understanding Life Cycles and the Food Chain.
students work on life cycle project 1

students work on life cycle project 2

students work on life cycle project 3

There are additional photos at the link.


Housekeeping:

Last week's main project, Monitoring The Weather, was completed. Seventh grade students in North Carolina will have a wireless weather center to help them learn about weather and climate.

The bonus project last week, Butterfly Habitat and Learning Center, was also rescued with a Kossack assist. Students at a Kentucky middle school will receive materials to allow them to raise butterflies and observe the entire life cycle, from egg to adult insect.

You can see the teachers' thank-you notes at the links above. Many thanks to all contributors!

See our list of successfully funded projects. We're up to 221!

When projects are not fully funded by their expiration date, donors are contacted by DonorsChoose and asked to choose another project to which to redirect their donations.

More information:
DonorsChoose.org main page
DonorsChoose.org blog
DonorsChoose.org donor FAQ
All DonorsChoose.org math & science projects search results

We are in no way affiliated with DonorsChoose.org, or any of the classroom projects presented for funding.

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Originally posted to The Inoculation Project on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 07:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by J Town, Dream Menders, SciTech, Backyard Science, DK GreenRoots, Climate Change SOS, and Climate Hawks.

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