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Ms. Kerr from Sparks NV is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Safe Place For Our Insects

My students need these two aquariums with lids to house our Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches (yes that's right) that we use to study animal behavior in our STEM Diversity of Life unit.

  • $290 goal

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My Students

"You teach 6th grade? Wow!" That is often what I hear when asked what I do. I work at an elementary school that has students from pre-Kindergarten to sixth grade. We are a Title I school that serves both breakfast and lunch and all of my students qualify for free or reduced meal plans. I teach 30 students, many of them English Language Learners. Every single day is an adventure. One of the truly nice things about my school is that it really is a neighborhood school. It is relatively small compared to other schools in the district, and most of the students that attend have many other family members here.

As sixth graders, they are learning skills that are getting them college and even career ready.

The students work hard from the moment we arrive until the bell rings and it is time to go home. The students thrive on hands-on learning in our STEM units and are fascinated by technology. My students are as capable as all other students in the nation. I just want to give them the same opportunities as everyone.

My Project

Sixth grade studies the Diversity of Life as one of our STEM units. We learn all about cells and how plants grow and reproduce. The highlight of this unit is when we study the instinctual animal behaviors of Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches.

We need a place to keep these cockroaches safe and where they can't escape into our classroom as we study them.

This is the high point of this unit. Students will be observing different behaviors of these cockroaches when exposed to different stimuli. These cockroaches make the most amazing sound when they are placed together (hence the name "Madagascar Hissing Cockroach"). The students will see what they do when they are placed next to honey, when a drop of water is placed on their backs, and when a puff of air is blown at them. At no time will we hurt these insects, but it will be observing their reactions. We will be housing the male and female cockroaches in two different tanks for obvious reasons. Since they are quite pricey, it would be nice if we could use them for a few classes. This requires that we provide them with a habitat to live in for their lifetime.

Ms. Kerr
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 60 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Deluxe All-Glass Aquarium - 20 Gallon • Nasco $74.95 2 $149.90
Screen Cover for 15- 20-gal. Tanks • Nasco $15.40 2 $30.80

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