Solid science education is the best inoculation against ignorance.
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 fourteen-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.

 Look for us every SUNDAY morning at 10 AM ET/ 7 AM PT.

 This Week's Main Project Project: Roll Your Way Through Math with DICE! Resources Needed: 10-sided decahedron dice, operations dice, place value dice, 10-sided decimal dice School Poverty Level: Highest Location:   Norview Elementary School, Norfolk, VA Total Cost: \$474.15 Still Needed: \$165.07 \$80.07 Expires:  Sep 19, 2014   Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Gray: My Students: I am a Math Specialist who works with small groups of students and also teachers. I try to use a variety of manipulatives that the students don't see everyday in the classroom. I also encourage them to create their own problems that fit my criteria. My students come mostly from lower income housing. They attend a Title 1 elementary school that houses about 400 Pre-K through 5th graders. Our school is in a large urban district and is one of 32 elementary schools. The students at my school are eager to learn and try new things. My Project: I love dice and can never have enough. My students can use dice for a majority of the math the do each year. 1. Place value and decimal dice - students roll the set of dice. They have now created the expanded form of their number. Now they have to write the standard and word forms. They can even roll their number and round it to a certain place. What about adding or subtracting the two numbers you rolled? Wait, you would also have to use the operation dice - roll those to see what operation you would have to use. 2. Ten-sided dice - roll and many or as few at a time to create a number. Students then line their number up to create a number. They get to choose which order their dice are placed. Discuss the digit's place value, use the operation dice to sole equations, turn the number into cents and they have to count out the right amount of money. By using the dice students get to create their own problems. You save paper. Students hate getting a worksheet with 50 problems on it that they have to solve. However, give them dice where they have to create their own problem and most of the time they will create harder problems than would have been on the worksheet and most likely will do more problems than were on the worksheet. But best of all they will have fun while learning. DONATE HERE! Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!
 We'd like to be able to assist both small and large projects. Our hope is to present a new relatively modest project each week, and then feature a more ambitious project with a long-term deadline, so we can chip away at it each week when our main project is completed. Since DonorsChoose has something similar to a "rec list", every time we create a flurry of activity on a project, even if the dollar amounts involved aren't large, we can push the project up that list so it gets shown to more donors outside Daily Kos. In that way, we can help finish projects that may be beyond our means when only our own dollars are considered.
 Long-Term Project When the main project is finished, let's work on this one. Project: Math Measurement for 5th Grade Resources Needed: 2 Hands-On Measurement Centers, a liquid measuring kit, and other math materials to measure area, perimeter, distance, volume, and capacity and to make conversions from one unit to another. School Poverty Level: Highest Location:   S Johnson-G Park Elementary School, Gretna, Louisiana Total Cost: \$533.26 (Our Original Starting Amount) Still Needed: \$413.26 \$\$218.85 Expires: Aug 24, 2014   Teacher's Comments from Mrs. Wexler: My Students: "The man ignorant of mathematics will be increasingly limited in his grasp of the main forces of civilization." ~John Kemeny. I want my students to really understand math in order to become lifetime learners and good citizens. "Hands-on" learning is key to stamping out math ignorance! I teach at a public elementary school in the metro-New Orleans area. My school has about 650 students, 97% of whom receive free lunch. My students belong to a 5th grade special education class. Some of my students have Learning Disabilities and others have Cognitive Impairments. Most of my students are two - three years below grade level, so they need to work on "catching-up" as well as on grade level Common Core Standards. We have to work hard, and we have to do "hands-on" activities that will engage the kids. My Project: The children with special needs that I teach need to actively learn by doing, rather than just practicing on worksheets. Through using the volume blocks, they will get to understand volume and capacity to a greater degree. When they use the liquid measures, they will get to associate an amount of liquid to the appropriate measure, whether it is cups, pints, quarts, and gallons. The beautiful measurement materials and activity cards will allow students to delve further into measurements. By giving them a more complete concept of measurements, they will be better able to solve complicated conversion word problems. My students will become more fluent in math measurement through the math manipulatives and colorful activities. They will gain a more complete understanding of capacity, volume, area, and perimeter. By gaining a better understanding of measurement, they will be able to identify appropriate units of measure and make conversions between the units. DONATE HERE Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!
 Our Dollars at Work Students from Ms. Carlson's class are building a marble run with materials from the project, Kindergartners Scientists with Balls and Ramps!. There are additional photos at the link.

Housekeeping

Last week's main project, Dig, Dig, Dig! Is That A Shark Tooth?, was completed. High school students in Hinesville, GA will have the fossil kits that they need for their oceanography class.

You can see the teacher's thank-you notes at the link. Many thanks to all contributors!

See our list of successfully funded projects. We're up to 417!

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. Occasionally, a fully funded project is called off for some reason internal to the school/teacher, and funding is returned. We have no way of knowing why, but DonorsChoose handles those donations in the same way as for expired projects.

 How is the poverty level defined at DonorsChoose.org? Poverty level refers to the percentage of students at a given school who qualify for free and reduced lunch, which is considered a measure of economic need. To be deemed eligible for free lunch, a student's family income must be within 130% of the poverty line (a max of \$29,055 for a family of four). For reduced lunch, the family income must be within 185% of the poverty level (a max of \$41,348 for a family of four). Schools with 10%-39% of students receiving free/reduced lunch are denoted as "moderate poverty" while schools with more than 40% of students receiving free/reduced lunch are denoted as "high poverty". For projects submitted from a school where free lunch rate data is unavailable or unreliable, "Poverty Data Unavailable" will appear.
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.

♦◊♦◊♦◊♦◊♦

You are welcome to use The Inoculation Project avatar as your DonorsChoose avatar if you wish. If you need instructions for uploading it to your DonorsChoose profile, you'll find them in this diary.

#### Tags

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
 Unpublish Diary (The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.) Delete Diary (The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?