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Ms. Paynter from New York NY is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Kinder- Garden!

My students need plants and gardening materials to create our own classroom kinder- garden!

  • $549 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

'Playing to Learn and Learning to Play...and Growing Along the Way'. This is my motto as a kindergarten teacher. I know young children learn best though hands-on experience. I keep this in mind as I plan our daily activities, centers and room design.

My 'Caterpillars,' students, come from diverse backgrounds and range in abilities and focus levels.

They have a wide range of skills, experiences, interests and focusing abilities. As the children's primary teacher, I am responsible for all aspects of their development, both academically and physically.

My Project

Learning about plants and the life cycle of plants is part of our science curriculum. We read about them. We talk about them. We draw pictures about plants. But the hands-on learning that this project will give us will be the total learning package!

These materials will help my students develop a love for plant life and nature that will hopefully continue with them throughout their lives.

Having a variety of real plants that we will grow ourselves and other plant materials will be so rewarding for my kindergarteners. We will use the grow lamp, grass seeds, soil and knee high stockings to grow grass heads. My students will create their own grass head that they can watch grow over time in our classroom. The beta fish tank will allow us to see how plants effect other living things. The plant pocket chart will allow us to use it as a resource as we write and draw about our observations. The books about the plant life cycle will add more literature to our non-fiction library.

Ms. Paynter
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Back to the Roots Water Garden – Mini Aquaponics Beta Fish Tank (Packaging May Vary) • Amazon Business $87.97 1 $87.97
LM924 - Plants & Flowers Pocket Chart Kit • Lakeshore Learning Materials $49.99 1 $49.99
iPower 24W 2 Feet T5 Fluorescent Grow Light Stand Rack for Seed Starting Plant Growing, 6400K • Amazon Business $44.95 1 $44.95
Shop Succulents Assorted Succulent (Collection of 12) • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
NewPath Learning All About Plants Curriculum Mastery Flip Chart Set, Early Childhood • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
MANZI 12 Pairs Lady's Sheer Knee High Stockings ( 6 Pairs Black,6 Pairs Nude) • Amazon Business $13.99 2 $27.98
Espoma AP8 8-Quart Organic Potting Mix • Amazon Business $10.02 2 $20.04
PP694 - Plants Activities - Single License CD-ROM • Lakeshore Learning Materials $19.99 1 $19.99
Back to the Roots Water Garden Fish Tank, 3 – Month Refill Kit • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
VIVOSUN Grow Lamps 5 Packs 2FT/22IN 6500K T5 Fluorescent Grow Light Bulbs • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Educational Insights Sprout & Grow Window • Amazon Business $17.59 1 $17.59
15-pc Set Home & Garden Plant Pot Saucers - Assorted Sizes - EBook Included • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Scotts Turf Builder Grass Seed - Sun and Shade Mix, 3-Pound (Not Sold in Louisiana) • Amazon Business $11.79 1 $11.79
New 30 of 4" Inch Plastic Pots for Plants, Cuttings & Seedlings Azalea Pots - Quantity of 30 • Amazon Business $8.49 1 $8.49
Plant Secrets • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
How Do Plants Grow? (My Science Library) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Plants Are Living Things (Introducing Living Things) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Miracle-Gro Liquid Succulent Plant Food, 8 Ounce • Amazon Business $6.89 1 $6.89

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