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Mrs. Beekman from Merrill OR is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Biology Labs = Excited (and Engaged!!) Students

My students need preserved pigs, frogs, and crayfish.

  • $559 goal

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My Students

"When do we get to start our dissection, Ms. Piacenza?" I had been asked this question, daily, since our biological supply order was delivered to our classroom.

The cardboard shipping box, which contained our animals to dissect (fetal pigs!), had been perched on my desk for the last two weeks, and my students were antsy to open it up.

"Tomorrow!" I told them, and my biology class literally erupted in cheers. We were nearing the end of the school year and had been anticipating our fetal pig lab for months. When our dissection day finally arrived, I was thrilled to see the entirety of my class engaged and excitedly discussing the anatomy of the pig. As I looked around the room, I saw students at various stages of their dissection. Some were uncoiling and measuring the length of the intestines, "38 inches!!" Other students were removing the heart, and were observing the tiny atria and ventricles. An adventurous pair of students had removed the top of the skull and were investigating the contents.

My Project

This lab was a huge success, and I cannot wait to do it again. Next year, I would like to purchase a few more fetal pigs (so that the student to pig ratio is a little smaller) and would also love to incorporate additional dissections into our biology curriculum. I teach in a very small, rural, Jr/Sr High School in Oregon. My budget for lab materials is very small ($100 per year) and therefore this limits the number and types of labs I do with my students. Receiving additional funding will allow me to implement biology labs more often. My students need preserved pigs, frogs, and crayfish.

Lab exercises are extremely important when learning biology, one reason being that these hands on experiences are extremely engaging (as you can imagine, it's not everyday that you get to look at pig brains!).

I strongly believe that student engagement is a necessity when it comes to student learning.

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Mrs. Beekman
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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17 donors17 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 35 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Perfect Solution(tm) Pig, Double, Pail, 13 in • Carolina Biological Supply Company $23.70 10 $237.00
Perfect Solution(tm) Crayfish, Plain, 10/Pail, 4" • Carolina Biological Supply Company $9.79 9 $88.11
Perfect Solution(tm) Frog, 5 " , Plain, Pail • Carolina Biological Supply Company $7.41 10 $74.10

Materials cost

$399.21

Vendor shipping charges

$39.92

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$5.99

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$475.12

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$83.84

Total project goal

$558.96

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$558.96

16 Donors

-$439.14

Donations toward project cost

-$385.87

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$53.27

match offer

-$105.00

Match offer toward project cost

-$89.25

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$15.75

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$14.82

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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