The Inoculation Project 9/18/2022: Books and Ecosystems

This week we have a new project from a Houston middle school teacher who needs more books to get boys to read. She has a great collection of mostly science and technology non-fiction books here. Thank you Eastern Bluebird for sharing this suggestion!

This project shouldn’t be very difficult to complete with appropriate funds The Montgomery Family Fund: We believe that instilling a love of reading is crucial to preparing students for success in life. We invite you to join us in supporting projects that bring books to classrooms in Texas.


Project: Information Science Books

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

Economic necessity: A Equity Focus School; nall students from low-income households at an early stage.

Location: Woodland Acres Middle School, HoustonTexas

In total: $255.31 (2x matching funds from The Montgomery Family Fund)

Still needed: $235.31 $135.31 ($68 from us)

Project description by Ms. Self:

I want to provide science-based non-fiction books to my students. Many boys prefer reading nonfiction to fiction. Many of them love books about science, cars, airplanes, spies, etc. Many of my students came up to me specifically asking for these kinds of books.

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

I know they would love, love these books! This donation would be very welcome. There’s nothing I love more than being able to offer books that they’re interested in. Many Thanks.

Donations of any size can make a big difference!

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

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

We have come a long way with this project when funds were available and we have come another long way when they ran out. We just keep going now! Mrs. Saxon has planned for her fifth graders in Cleveland to grow plants and animals in a couple of two-liter soda bottles. Everything on their list is a tiny living organism, even the “tank set” which is actually a collection of 11 small sea creatures.


Project: Ecosystems engage and energize learning

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

Economic necessity: A Equity Focus School; nall students from low-income households at an early stage.

Location: Nathan Hale Elementary School, Cleveland, Ohio

In total: $867.05

Still needed: $306.99 $256.99

Project description by Mrs. Saxon:

My students attend school in a major Ohio borough where 100% of the student body gets free breakfast and lunch. Many of our students walk to school through neighborhoods characterized by boarded-up abandoned buildings and overgrown empty lots. Despite this, my students manage to come to school every day with a passion for education and particularly enjoy facing the task of project-based, inquiry-based learning.

These materials will make a difference in my students’ learning because they value learning opportunities that allow them hands-on experiences and different learning modalities.

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

My students will be able to extend learning beyond the textbook by participating in a STEM activity where we construct a pop bottle ecosystem with live mosquito fish, snails, pillbugs and water producers. We would first start by using our available technology to research each of the main organisms we will be dealing with.

Next, students will contribute by donating/recycling empty 2 liter pop bottles. Students build the terrarium using one of the bottles. In 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. You will use the other pop bottle to make the aquarium part of the ecosystem. Aquatic plants and organisms are also added and observed. Finally, students will connect the land and water reservoirs into a complete ecosystem.

We will use the touch tank organisms and goldfish to make predictions, test theories and continue to expand our knowledge. This project will go a long way in helping my students understand how all organisms (big or small) are interconnected within an ecosystem.

Donations of any size can make a big difference!

This was the best demo video I could find of the project being built.

We’ve had plenty of time to learn about mosquitofish, so here’s another organism that will be moving to Cleveland, the pill beetle.

Letters that spell thank you are attached to a clothesline.

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

project 1, Life Science for success: Ms. McClellan teaches fifth grade in Fort Worthand she hopes this year her students will get a chance to manipulate real fossils and work with real living beings.

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

DonorsChoose came up with the name Schools with a focus on justice to describe some Schools submitting projects. she meet two criteria: at least 50% of students are Black, Latinx, Native American, Pacific Islander or mixed race, and at least 50% of students are eligible for a free or reduced lunch, the standard measure of school economic needs. You can read more about their efforts to address long-standing inequality in education at the link.
Small Molecule of DNA - Page Dividers for The Inoculation Project

founded in 2009, The Vaccination 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 line is DonorsChoose, a crowdfunding charity founded in 2000 and highly rated by both Charity Navigator and the Better Business Bureau.

Every Sundaywe focus on funding projects in the neighborhood public Schools where the overwhelming majority of students are from low-income households. We welcome all who support public school education – no money needed!

Finally, here is ours List of successfully funded projects — is our series total 993! The Achievement List Diary also contains links and further information on DonorsChoose.

Starfish on the beach with caption: For that one difference.

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