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Mr. B. from Oklahoma City OK is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Adventurous Environmental Science in a Classroom!

My students need a Butterfly Habitat, an aquarium Filled with fish and aquatic plants, a River Tank with fire-bellied toads, and an Ant Farm for scientific journaling.

  • $590 goal

This project expired on January 7, 2014.

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My Students

The best way for kids to understand the world we live in is to see it in action. Most of my kids have only seen pictures of the animals I want to bring into the classroom. I want them to experience, take care of, and co-exist along side these creatures so they learn to respect the world around them.

We live in Moore, OK a city ravaged by tornadoes in early May 2013.

My students live in a primarily poor area with nearly 75% free and reduced lunches. This year I have many children with special needs and animals are great for helping them learn and be responsible in the classroom. I also have a very culturally diverse group as well. I want them to learn to work together by taking care of these creatures. My kids are wonderful. They have huge imaginations and love to laugh and play. They want so badly to learn. When I arrive on Monday morning they can't wait to tell me about their weekend. I tell them to write about it. They quickly grab a piece of paper and began phonetically writing about their weekend. They're sentence writing skills are not quite up to par yet, but they are trying. Our Title 1 school is a good school with many children who want to learn. I want to give them something extraordinary in the classroom because they are an extraordinary group of students.

My Project

Image your children waking up every morning leaving the house half asleep, bellies empty, watching their parents fly off to work while they walk to school or wait for the bus day after day. Some of these kids have never left their community or city, their parents don't have the money for special camps or field trips, and the closest they get to experiencing the world we live depends on what television show their tired parents watch in the evening before they go to bed. what if you could change all that? What if you could give them a piece of our world they could relate to every day? Something as simple as an aquarium full of exotic fish, a river tank with Fire-Bellied toads, an Ant Farm, and a Butterfly Habitat can spark a revitalized desire to learn. Imagine your child coming home every night telling you about the wonderful creatures they take care of and write about everyday. Imagine what dreams and careers something so simple could influence. Please help me bring about this desire.

My students are first graders.

Science is not a priority for them until almost the fourth grade. I am told I have to integrate it with other subjects in order to teach it and make it relevant. I believe by bringing else creatures into the classroom I can use them for every subject from reading fictional texts about these creatures and studying them, writing stories and observations in our journals, and teaching social studies and math lessons using these special animals. The animals will teach!

Mr. B.
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 24 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
20-gal River Tank(tm) Ecosystem Mold • Carolina Biological Supply Company $138.94 1 $138.94
BIO-Wheel(r) Aquarium Kit, 10 gal • Carolina Biological Supply Company $80.28 1 $80.28
Butterflies in the Classroom Kit (with Prepaid Coupon) • Carolina Biological Supply Company $59.80 1 $59.80
FOSS(r) Living Materials, Animals Two by Two, Prepaid Coupon 1: 4 Goldfish, 8 Guppies, 6 Elodea • Carolina Biological Supply Company $46.08 1 $46.08
Fire-Bellied Toad, Living, - NeedByDate: 10/28/2013 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $12.83 3 $38.49
Ants Amazing Bugs(tm) Kit with Prepaid Coupon • Carolina Biological Supply Company $29.93 1 $29.93

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