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Ms. Nukk from Englewood NJ is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Adventures in Inquiry: The Life Cycles of Butterflies and Plants

Help me give my students a Butterflies in the Classroom Kit, Mr. Sprout Organic Flower Starter Kits, a live plant, and plant stand.

  • $287 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students, ages three to five and a half years old, are part of an inclusive pre-kindergarten environment. They live in a multicultural city and for this reason they are very diverse. They are diverse not only in their cultures and ethnic backgrounds, but also in their physical, cognitive, behavioral, and emotional learning abilities. Our school is part of a Title I district where at least 75% of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

My students' love for learning always amazes me.

They are curious and eager to learn new ideas through play-based, multi-sensory, hands-on activities. As a teacher, I am constantly striving to provide new materials and experiences that will allow them to grow in all areas of development. My ultimate goal is to provide a solid educational foundation and instill in them a lifetime love for learning.

My Project

My students are naturally curious and are constantly asking questions and using their senses to understand of the world around them. The materials requested for this project will allow them to get a better understanding that, similar to humans, all living things go through changes as they grow. In particular, they will witness the life cycles of butterflies and plants through their own eyes! Growth and change are very abstract concepts that are difficult for my young students to understand. The Butterflies in the Classroom Kit, with live caterpillars, will give them a real-life experience of the metamorphosis of real butterflies. They will have the opportunity see the caterpillars transform from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. The Mr. Sprout gardening kits will enable the children to plant seeds and observe the changes they go through over time. In addition to helping the children understand the behavior and biology of butterflies and plants, these kits will promote responsibility and teach them the importance of taking care of living things.

This project will allow me to provide experiences and thought provoking materials that will allow my students to co-construct knowledge and engage in the process of inquiry.

Through this process, they will be able to ask questions, make discoveries, and test their discoveries in search of new meaning. Using open-ended art materials, they will be able to document their ideas and thinking. In the classroom, they will paint, draw and create representations of the different stages of the life cycles of butterflies and plants.

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

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mr. Sprout Organic Flower Starter Kit - Flower Kit for Kids, Adults Or Gift Idea - Flower Seed Starter Kit Includes Zinnia, Chrysanthemum, Marigold, Wildflower and Daisy • Amazon Business $20.95 4 $83.80
Butterflies in the Classroom Kit (with live caterpillars) • Carolina Biological Supply Company $62.05 1 $62.05
Moonlear Glass Planter Bulb Vase with archaistic Wooden Stand and Metal Swivel Holder for Air Plants Home Garden Decor (3 Bulb vase) • Amazon Business $24.00 1 $24.00
AMERICAN PLANT EXCHANGE Golden Pothos Totem Pole Live Plant 6" 1 Gallon Indoor Air Purifier • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Mallow Plant, Living • Carolina Biological Supply Company $11.47 1 $11.47

Materials cost

$203.31

Vendor shipping charges

$7.35

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.05

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$243.71

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$43.01

Total project goal

$286.72

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$286.72

3 Donors

-$139.67

Donations toward project cost

-$121.86

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$17.81

match offer

-$143.35

Match offer toward project cost

-$121.85

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$21.50

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$3.69

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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Project Activity

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