11/14 Newsletter

Go GREEN with RAFT

RAFT provides educators with an abundance of affordable materials and supplies while diverting roughly 460 cubic feet of materials from landfills each and every day!
Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT) relies on bulk corporate donations from the community, which we repurpose for educational activities for students in Pre-K through 12th grade.
A key tenet of RAFT‘s mission is to be stewards of the environment.
RAFT Education Kits have won awards for sustainability from San Mateo County and Acterra.
Click here to read more about RAFT‘s Green Initiatives.

Fabulous Fall Savings!

Upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday Closures
RAFT SAN JOSE
CLOSED
November 23rd – 27th
REOPEN Tuesday,
November 28, 2017
RAFT REDWOOD CITY
CLOSED
November 23rd – 28th
REOPEN Wednesday, November 29, 2017

FREE Gift with Purchase!
One Tongue Depressor Harmonica 10-pack with any purchase of $10
One package per member, per day, while supplies last.
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Origami Kit: $.50
Includes origami paper and gift jar
Craft wood pieces: $7
3lb bag of unfinished wood pieces, ready for painting, building, sculpture, and more
Education Legos: $20
Box of assorted Legos (not complete sets)
CelluClay: $10
5lb bag of instant paper mache, just add water

Kits of the Week

On November 8, 1853 X-rays (electromagnetic rays) were discovered by Wilheim Roentgen at the University of Wuerzburg in Germany. In the honor of that discovery, our kits of the week are:

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Curriculum Topics
  • Light
  • Waves
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Energy
Description
Wear and remember the electromagnetic spectrum! Students can quickly and easily construct this bracelet to help them remember the different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum.

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Curriculum Topics
  • Light
  • Color
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum
Description
White light is actually a combination of different colors. This easy-to-build spectroscope creates a rainbow pattern (spectrum) by separating incoming light into its component colors. The interesting patterns it displays can be used to identify different sources of light.

11/7 Newsletter

November 8th is National STEM/ STEAM Day!

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All aboard! Looking for ways to explore STEM? (STEM stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.” STEAMadds “Art” to the acronym.

RAFT bridges the connection to STEAM standards by making it easy for you to create exciting real-life projects and hands-on lessons that take learning to fun, engaging, and meaningful new heights!

Visit RAFT today to see the latest ways we are inspiring students to grow into passionate innovators and lifelong learners!

RAFT is THE place to find an enormous assortment of STEAM resources that prepare students with 21st Century skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, innovation, and more! RAFT offers year-round support for teaching STEAM with a wide variety of free downloadable idea sheets, affordable up-cycled materials, professional development opportunities, motivating Design Challenges, makerspaces, curriculum, and more!

Celebrate National STEAM day and every day at RAFT where WE work with YOU to provide all the resources you need to bring authentic and relevant standard required STEAM connections to life! All aboard and full STEAM ahead!

RAFT Redwood City will be closed Saturday, November 11

RAFT San Jose will be OPEN

 

FABULOUS FALL SAVINGS

FREE Fizzy Rocket 10-pack with any purchase of $10
One package per member, per day, while supplies last.

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Craft Hope Chests
(includes sticker and stencil): $2.50
Color Markers 10-pk: $2.50
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Fabric Rolls:
 50% Off Marked Price
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Grade Level Books:
$2 Per Bag


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KIT OF THE WEEK

John Philip Sousa is best known for his rousing marches including The Stars and Stripes Forever, Semper Fidelis, and El Capitan. In honor of American conductor John Philip Sousa, who was born on November 6, 1854 in Washington, DC, our kits of the week are:

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Curriculum Topics
  • Sound
  • Vibration
  • Music
  • Instruments
  • Properties of Materials
Description
How can a plastic glove, a straw, and a tube be combined to make a “musical” instrument? Build a Glove-a-Phone to discover one way to accomplish this feat. Once you learn the proper technique, your Glove-a-Phone can be heard a surprisingly long way off! How is the sound produced? Careful observation is needed to answer that question.
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Curriculum Topics
  • Sound
  • Waves
  • Musical Instruments
Description
People of all ages love the Kazoo-like sounds that come from this fun-to-make and easy-to-play instrument. The RAFT harmonica uses a rubber band vibrating between tongue depressors to make sound. Changing the length of the rubber band changes the sound. Start your own harmonica band today!

Professional Development Workshops

Laser Cutter 1: Safety and Basic Understanding of the Laser Machine
*SEE DATES AND TIMES BELOW
RAFT San Jose
Thanks to the overwhelming response to our last class, we are offering several upcoming dates for this class.
Laser cutting machines help to create many customized items by using laser technology to etch, engrave, and cut through a wide variety of materials. This workshop gives participants the knowledge and practice required to safely operate the machine on their own and provides an understanding of the different pieces of hardware. Participants will learn how to calibrate and configure the machine for different tasks and materials. RAFT members who complete the training will be certified to use the machine. Attendance: Participants who are late may be rescheduled in another session. Please be on time.
COST: $75 for members; $100 for non-members
Thursdays 11/9/17 or 11/16/17 (2 separate classes)
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
$75 for members; $100 for non-members
Thursday 11/30/17
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
$75 for members; $100 for non-members
Thursday 12/7/17
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
$75 for members; $100 for non-members

Giving Circle

RAFT Needs Your Stories

RAFT will be launching our end-of-year fundraising campaign on Giving Tuesday, November 28, 2017. RAFT relies on the generosity of corporate partners and individual donors to underwrite programs that support local students and teachers.
You can help us by sharing your RAFT stories. Let us know how RAFT has helped or changed the way you teach STEAM subjects. Is there a particular student you were able to engage as a result of RAFT kits or supplies? Send your experiences to Natarshia Mosley at nmosley@raft.net.
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Amazon Smile supports nonprofit organizations just by shopping! Start your shopping at smile.amazon.com and you will be prompted to select a charity. Search for RAFT – Resource Area For Teaching at Amazon smile. Then it’s shopping and checkout as usual, but a portion of your purchase goes to our organization (at no additional charge to you)!

10/31 Newsletter Happy Halloween!!!

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Fabulous Fall Savings!

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Laptop Cases (Gently Used): $2
Boxed Games*: $1
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Tracing Paper: $2
Color Shot Instant Color
(Espresso Shimmer Only): $.50
Fabric Fusion: $1
Body Art Glitter Tattoo Kit: $3
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Over-sized Disco Ornament: $5
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Tea Lights, Set of 9: $2

Kits of the Week

This week’s featured kits explore biology and medicine in honor of the first medical school for women opening in Boston on November 1,1848. The Boston Female Medical School was founded by Samuel Gregory with a class consisting of just twelve students. In 1874, the school merged with Boston University School of Medicine, becoming one of the first co-ed medical schools.
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Curriculum Topics
  • Anatomy
  • Blood Pressure
  • Circulation
  • Investigations
  • Sound
Description
Listening to the heart is a practical way to teach students about how the heart pumps blood through the circulatory system. The sounds of the beats provide information on heart valves, heart rate, and the relationship between circulation and respiration. This simple device allows students to appreciate the importance of the stethoscope in medicine and the study of human biology.

 

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Curriculum Topics

  • Biology
  • Molecules
  • Cell Structure
  • Genetics
  • Scientific Tools
  • Lab Procedures
Description
Build student interest with this simple DNA activity! Use ordinary dish soap, salt, and isopropyl alcohol to extract DNA from strawberries. One strand of DNA is much too small to see with the naked eye or even with a powerful microscope. The small clumps that are formed in this experiment each contain thousands of long strands of DNA, which are all tangled together.

Professional Development Workshops

Laser Cutter 1: Safety and Basic Understanding of the Laser Machine
*SEE DATES AND TIMES IN THE NEXT COLUMN – RAFT San Jose
Thanks to the overwhelming response to our last class, we are offering several upcoming dates for this class.
Laser cutting machines help to create many customized items by using laser technology to etch, engrave, and cut through a wide variety of materials. This workshop gives participants the knowledge and practice required to safely operate the machine on their own and provides an understanding of the different pieces of hardware. Participants will learn how to calibrate and configure the machine for different tasks and materials. RAFT members who complete the training will be certified to use the machine. Participants who are late may be rescheduled in another session. Please be on time.  Register Today!
Wednesday 11/1/17
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
$75 for members; $100 for non-members
Thursdays 11/9/17 or 11/16/17 (2 separate classes)
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
$75 for members; $100 for non-members
Thursday 11/30/17
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
$75 for members; $100 for non-members
Thursday 12/7/17
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
$75 for members; $100 for non-members

COMMUNITY CORNER

Look out for RAFT kits/materials at the Bay Area Science Fair! unnamed (10)
The Bay Area Science Festival, sponsored by Chevron, begins October 26 and culminates with Discovery Day at AT&T Park on November 11. This event is free and open to the public.
Be sure to check out the Chevron STEM Zone! They will have interactive exhibits and featuring RAFT STEM kits.
Come to The Marion Cilker “Arts Really Teach” Conference for Arts in Education 2017 conference!  unnamed
Registration Information:
Friday, Nov. 3rd – 8:00 am to 12:45 pm (on the SJSU campus) is the conference day for San Jose State students. SJSU students can register for FREE.
Saturday, Nov. 4th – 8:00 am to 12:45 pm (at the San Jose Museum of Art in downtown San Jose) is the conference day for Pre-K to 8th grade teachers, parents, administrators, and interested community members. Teachers from Santa Clara Co. Title I schools can register for $10. The registration fee for all others is $40. Register here.

Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc. Celebration Week November 6, 2017 – November 17, 2017  unnamed (11)
Benjamin Banneker Week: A Celebration Honoring the Life and Accomplishments of Benjamin Banneker! The Benjamin Banneker Association (BBA) would like to encourage everyone to take part in this year’s Benjamin Banneker Week Celebration. Benjamin Banneker Week is celebrated during ONE day or class period within the week of November 9th each year and can be conducted in grades Pre-K through 12th grade. Make it your own! The focus of this day is on Mathematics and has two common ideas for activities:
1. Constructing a creative clock face using mathematics to create the numbers 1-12, since Banneker created a wooden clock that held accurate time for over 40 years.
2. Creating a mathematical poem similar to that of Banneker’s famous historic writings.
Visit the event weekly at www.benjaminbannekerday.weebly.com

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RAFT is pleased to be the Designated Production Non-profit for the production of Evelyn in Purgatory at the Tabard Theatre Company. A portion of the concessions are donated to RAFT. Shows startJanuary 12-28, 2018, but you can buy your tickets now atwww.tabardtheatre.org.
Don’t miss out on this incredible treat!
Ask about the Educator Discount!

FUNDING ALERT

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We are re-releasing the 2017-18 Math & Science Teacher Innovation grant where 4th-6th grade public school teachers may apply for funds that support adoption of Next Generation Science Standards and/or increase student aptitude in math. These funds support innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. Maximum funding for one teacher is $2,500; two or more teachers may apply for up to $5,000.

Support RAFT every time you shop at Amazon.com

Amazon Smile supports nonprofit organizations just by shopping! Start your shopping at smile.amazon.comand you will be prompted to select a charity. Search for RAFT – Resource Area For Teaching. Then it’s shopping and checkout as usual, but a portion of your purchase goes to our organization (at no additional charge to you)!

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8/29/17 Newsletter

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Don't Wait. Communicate. Make a family emergency plan today. September is National Preparedness Month. Learn more at www.ready.gov/September. Image sized for Twitter.    


National Preparedness Month: 2017 Weekly Themes

Don't Wait. Communicate. Make a family emergency plan today. September is National Preparedness Month. Learn more at www.ready.gov/September.    Week 1: September 1-9 Make a plan for yourself, family, and friends.
Week 2: September 10-16 Plan to help your neighbor and community.
Week 3: September 17-23 Practice and build out your plans.
Week 4: September 24-30 Get involved! Be a part of something larger.
Learn More


IN HONOR OF LABOR DAY, RAFT WILL BE CLOSED

Redwood City – Saturday, Sept. 2nd

Simon Center (San Jose) – Tuesday, Sept. 5th


 

What’s In Store

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Assorted Primary Concepts Education Materials: $0.25 – $3

Stamps, Stamps, Stamps: $0.10 – $2
Yellow Craft Boxes: $0.50
ANKI Drive Starter Kit: $125

SHOP THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER & WIN
A $100 SHOPPING SPREE!

Restock Your Supplies with RAFT and Win!

Web_cart_Find everything on your classroom wish list and win a $100 shopping spree!
Receive an entry with every visit to RAFT in September.*

*One (1) winner of a $100 RAFT Gift Card will be randomly selected from each location from all eligible entries on October 3, 2017.


Build a Mini Solar Oven for Preparedness Month!

Solar Cone Cooker Idea Sheet

Need an activity that will help you teach physical & earth science?
Learn the topics of solar heating, radiant energy, the apparent motion of the sun, and reflectivity with RAFT.
Explore heating and “cooking” with sunlight using an easy-to-make mini solar collector. Use a pointer to align the cooker with the sun’s position, then remove the top to let in the light.
Grades: 3-12


Professional Development Workshops

From Standard to Inquiry Unit

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
From Standard to Inquiry UnitDo you want to learn a simple method for creating inquiry units? If so, join us and learn how to deconstruct the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and create a sequence of awesome inquiry lessons! You will have fun engaging in several hands-on activities and collaboratively create a unit outline based on specific performance expectations.
$25 for members; $35 for non-members

Teambuilding I

Saturday, September 2, 2017 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Business team work building a puzzle. Buuilding business concept. IsolatedGames can promote learning in the classroom as well as cooperative learning on the playground. This collection of games and mixers is designed to connect students across diverse backgrounds, promote communication, and enhance the classroom culture. Many of the concepts will also augment existing teaching techniques. Variations of these games are appropriate for students of all ages.
$25 for members; $45 for non-members

 

 

8/22 Newsletter

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Start Your Year Off Right

6 Tips to “Start Your Year Off Right,” from our own Jeanne Lazzarini, RAFT Math Activity Developer & Mentor, and the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, NCTM
  1. Create a classroom that engages you and your kids.
  2. Develop a plan to connect with parents.
  3. Know and believe in all your students.
  4. Create problem solvers.
  5. Set up classroom norms so that everyone knows their role in the classroom.
  6. Ask questions that assess the students’ learning. Try Think-Pair-Share.

We’re In This Together!

Partner with RAFT all year! We’ll share expert resources, tips, and tricks, coaching round tables, inspiration, and more.
Share with us pictures of your first day of school, the first week of school, or classroom decor here.

Great First Month of School Activity

The first month of school is all about review and assessment of your students. Use the gift of symmetry & patterns to study self-awareness, self-representation, and cultural exploration.
RAFT has a great activity for the first day of school!
Mathematical Symmetry Model Idea Sheet
With the Mathematical Symmetry Model kit, students explore concepts of symmetry by creating models that represent themselves. Use these models as the basis of a story or play.
Grades: Pre-K – 2

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What’s In Store

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Maker Shield Kit: $5.00 

Small Building Sets: $1.50 – $7.00

Large Foam Discs: $1.00 – $3.00

Fabric Lanterns and Paper Parasols: 50% OFF marked prices

 


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Twelve STEAM Innovation Leaders from the Campbell Unified School District (CUSD) came to RAFT earlier this month to create new motivational activities for the start of the school year!  They met in grade-level teams with our RAFT Education staff to generate new ideas using RAFT materials that will motivate, challenge, and inspire their students.
Each team was given a RAFT Makerspace-in-a-Box containing a wide variety of upcycled materials. They were asked to create a Design Challenge that directed students to solve the instructor’s challenge with the materials from the box.
The Design Challenges addressed an engineering standard appropriate for each grade level and could include standards from other subjects. Here are some of their exciting back-to-school ideas:

Professional Development Workshops

Effective Brainstorming: Teaching Ideation Like a Boss!Multiethnic group of young business people preparing for presentation together in office
Thursday, August 24, 2017 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Get the school year started on a fun and creative note! Learn to teach kids how to brainstorm well together and develop innovative solutions to problems. This workshop provides training in different methods of facilitating effective brainstorms that can also be used as formative assessment tools for evaluating content knowledge and participation.
$25 for members; $35 for non-members

Makerspace Development: Teaching in the SpaceMakerspace
Friday, August 25, 2017 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
At its heart, a makerspace is a studio for creativity.  Teaching within a makerspace is a perfect opportunity to nurture and encourage student-driven learning and guide students to develop mindsets necessary for being an active creator and maker. Come and enjoy a variety of activities and projects and learn best practices for teaching within a makerspace!
$25 for members; $35 for non-members

From Standard to Inquiry UnitFrom Standard to Inquiry Unit
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Do you want to learn a simple method for creating inquiry units? If so, join us and learn how to deconstruct the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and create a sequence of awesome inquiry lessons! You will have fun engaging in several hands-on activities and collaboratively create a unit outline based on specific performance expectations.
$25 for members; $35 for non-members