The Inoculation Project: Fossils and Ecosystems

evening update: The corresponding offer is no longer available, so I’ve updated the totals accordingly.

Let’s help a teacher who learned in her first year of teaching that her students needed physical examples to better understand the fossils and ecosystems they read about and saw pictures of. This project has matching funds from an anonymous donor: We’re proud to help teachers access practical resources to ensure students have what they need to keep learning.

PROJECT 1

Project: Life Sciences for Success

Resources: Help me provide my students with great science experiences through real-life applications and examples!

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

Location: E Ray Elementary School, Fort Worth, Texas

Total: $478.55 (2x matching funds of “An anonymous funder”)

Still need: $421.55 $260.02

Description of the project by Ms. McClellan:

I am requesting fossils and an aquatic sprout garden for my 5th grade class to provide my students with better learning experiences this year. Going into my second year of teaching, I have a much better understanding of the curriculum and the materials I will need to help reach my students. Last year, I would have really liked to show my students physical examples of fossils and not just photographs. This command would allow me to do just that. I ask for the AquaSprout garden because when we come to our life sciences unit, we discuss the interactions of living and non-living components of ecosystems! This will give students the opportunity to experience these off-paper and off-book interactions!

Donations of ANY size can make a BIG difference!

Our long-term project also still has matching funds from an anonymous donor. As Belinda Ridgewood explained, Mrs. 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 tiny sea creatures.

PROJECT #2

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 (2x matching funds of “An anonymous funder”)

Still need: $717.05 $505.52

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.


These little “mosquito fish” are one of the organisms that will make their way to Cleveland.

Last week’s main project — Future Readers of America! — was completed yesterday with the help of our readers and other donors whom our activity may have helped to attract. Here is the teacher’s thank you note:

Thank you for investing in our community and in the education of our students. These students will explore new worlds through the books provided which will also provide them with background knowledge on topics they may not have the opportunity to experience in real life. Again, at CES, we appreciate your time and investment in our students.

With gratitude,
Mrs. Savanna

DonorsChoose developed the designation Equity-focused schools describe some schools submitting projects. They meet two criteria: at least 50% of students are black, Latinx, 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 conduct is DonorsChoose, a 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 – our series total is 992! 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.