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Mrs. McGrath from Chattanooga TN is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

All About the “Life” Sciences

My students need books and materials to complete a 9-week Life Science unit. It includes hands-on learning about animals and their needs, including their life cycles.

  • $383 goal

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My Students

I teach in an inner-city Title I school, in Tennessee. All of the students receive a free breakfast and lunch. The majority of students are learning English as a second language.

Many of the students live in homes with multiple families under one roof.

Our school runs a food pantry and the weekend food pack. Many community agencies help provide after school tutoring and activities.

My students always come to school eager for the day. They love to learn!! They get especially excited with hands-on projects and cooperative learning activities. They are inquisitive, eager to learn, and creative.

My Project

Kinders learn from hands-on experiences, and it is especially important to give children in poverty real experiences.

Each section of the 9-week Life Science unit consists of a literacy connection and hands-on science project.

Each book donated is used as an "engage" portion of the different lessons covering the difference between living and non-living, parents and their offspring, the life cycle, biomes around the world, and caring for the environment.

The students will study and observe the life cycles of chickens, butterfly’s and the praying mantis. They will record the their scientific observations as chicks begin to hatch, the metamorphosis of a butterfly, and hatching of a praying mantis. At the same time, we will be learning about the responsibility of caring for these animals responsibly.

As they study biomes, they will use the realia to help create their biome project and present their reports and biomes to older students. At the end of the entire unit, we will brainstorm and carry out a plan for keeping our school grounds clean and how to recycle in our building.

PS: the chicks have a good home to go to after they leave our class!

Mrs. McGrath
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
12" X 12" Brooder Hen / Electric Mama Hen Low 20w Chick Heat Plate • Amazon Business $52.99 1 $52.99
Insect Lore Live Butterfly Growing Kit Toy - 10 Caterpillars to Butterflies - SHIP NOW • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Insect Palace Bee and Bug Home Insect Hotel • Amazon Business $29.00 1 $29.00
Plants Can't Sit Still (Millbrook Picture Books) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Educational Insights Sprout & Grow Window • Amazon Business $18.73 1 $18.73
Magicfly Bright Cool LED Light Egg Candler Tester - Incubator Warehouse Exclusive • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Safari Ltd Arctic TOOB With 10 Fun Figurines, Including A Harp Seal, Husky, Caribou, Arctic Rabbit, Killer Whale, Walrus, Arctic Fox, Beluga Whale, Igloo, And Polar Bear – For Ages 3 and Up • Amazon Business $15.00 1 $15.00
Safari Ltd Ocean TOOB Comes With 12 Different Hand Painted Animal Toy Figurine Models Including Sea Lion, Eagle Ray, Starfish, Turtle, Penguin, Octopus, Humpback Whale, Sperm Whale, Moray Eel, Hammerhead Shark, Tiger Shark, and Dolphin For Ages 5 and Up • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Move! (Rise and Shine) • Amazon Business $13.21 1 $13.21
Safari Ltd Wild Safari North American Wildlife TOOB With 12 Favorite Animal Toy Figurines Including a Mountain Lion, Wolf, Elk, Big Horn Ram, Bison • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Safari Ltd. Nature TOOB - Quality Construction from Safe and BPA Free Materials • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
On Meadowview Street • Amazon Business $11.29 1 $11.29
Praying Mantis Egg Case With Hatching Habitat Cup- 2 Praying Mantids Egg Cases • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
10 Things I Can Do to Help My World • Amazon Business $8.24 1 $8.24
Digital Mini Instant-Read Temperature (Fahrenheit) & Humidity Gauge Thermometer (Hygrometer) – Most popular applications for Cars, Incubators and Brooders • Amazon Business $8.20 1 $8.20
What Is a Biome? (The Science of Living Things) • Amazon Business $7.65 1 $7.65
From Egg to Chicken (Lifecycles) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
What's Alive? (Rise and Shine) (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99

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