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Ms. Rathke from La Crosse WI is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Botany & Clay: An Integrated & Collaborative Community Learning Experience!

Help me give my students the opportunity to learn about botany and community by growing houseplants in pottery containers they will create themselves.

  • $1,102 goal

This project expired on February 28, 2020.

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My Students

We get to teach in a building which houses two schools; one of us teaches Art in our K-5 public school and the other teaches a multi-age classroom in our public Montessori charter school. We are blessed to teach a diverse group of students from a wide-range of socioeconomic backgrounds and cultures who want to collaborate to benefit our entire school community. Our students are creative, curious and ambitious with their learning. They look forward to new challenges and learning experiences. Our school and classrooms are open with inviting environments designed to foster independent student learning through research and inquiry, hands-on exploration, and by working in our community.

Many of our students are involved in social justice and environmentally conscious movements because they want to make the world a better place.

They work hard with the resources they have to follow their passions and find meaning in their education.

My Project

Our project is a culturally relevant, multi-disciplinary approach designed to help students find their place in the world through botany and ceramic art lessons.

Our students will learn about plant biology and propagation, the fundamental needs of plants, and the ways plants have been used for food, shelter, and enjoyment; as well as various ceramic art making techniques throughout history from many cultures.

Students will utilize local resources to source and identify different types of houseplants. They will also learn how to start from seed and grow organic plants for home food production gardens. Students will learn how to create planters and containers in Art as well as learn the science of clay and glazes. Our students plan to have a plant sale to raise money for community projects at our school at the end of this learning experience. In addition to gaining financial knowledge and experience, the plant sale will help them to form relationships with other students, teachers, neighbors, and increase their sense of civic responsibility.

Ms. Rathke
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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11 donors11 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 500 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Shop Succulents | Premium Pastel Collection of Live Succulent Plants, Hand Selected Variety Pack of Mini Succulents | Collection of 140 • Amazon Business $128.00 1 $128.00
Grow Light Plant Lights for Indoor Plants LED Lamp Bulbs Full Spectrum • Amazon Business $29.99 4 $119.96
Grow Light Plant Lights for Indoor Plants LED Lamp Bulbs Full Spectrum • Amazon Business $29.99 4 $119.96
AmazonBasics 4-Shelf Shelving Storage Unit on 3'' Wheel Casters, Metal Organizer Wire Rack, Chrome Silver • Amazon Business $52.82 2 $105.64
CLAY ART WHITE 50 POUNDS • School Specialty $22.00 4 $88.00
Shop Succulents | Radiant Rosette Collection of Live Succulent Plants, Hand Selected Variety Pack of Mini Succulents | Collection of 32 • Amazon Business $51.19 1 $51.19
CLAY LOW FIRE EARTHENWARE RED 50 POUNDS • School Specialty $22.00 2 $44.00
ROLLERS CLAY CLASSPACK SET OF 4 • School Specialty $34.29 1 $34.29
YIKUSH 6 Inch 100 Pack Plastic Nursery Pots for Seeding Flower Planter (6 Inch 100pack) • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
YIKUSH 6" Plastic Plants Nursery Pot Durable Seed Starting Pots Garden Plant Container,50 Pack, White • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Seville Classics 2 Individual Smoke Gray Shelf Liners, Designed to Fit 30" x 14" Wire Shelves • Amazon Business $16.92 1 $16.92
LED Grow Light Bulb, E27 75W Foldable Plant Growing Lamp, Sunlike & Red/Blue 2 Modes Full Spectrum for Indoor Plants Veg and Flower AC90-265V • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Indoor Plant Food | All-purpose House Plant Fertilizer | Liquid Common Houseplant Fertilizers for Potted Planting Soil | by Plants for Pets • Amazon Business $14.95 1 $14.95
TOOL FLUTING SET XIEM • School Specialty $14.90 1 $14.90
STAMPERS CLAY SET OF 4 - SCHOOL SMART • School Specialty $12.49 1 $12.49
YIKUSH 4 Inch 110 Pack Plastic Nursery Pots for Seeding Flower Planter (4 Inch 110pack) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
GLAZE OLD NAVY GLOSS TRUE FLOW PINT • School Specialty $11.07 1 $11.07
GLAZE CANTON JADE GLOSS TRUE FLOW PINT • School Specialty $11.07 1 $11.07
GLAZE LT. BLUE GLOSS TRUE FLOW PINT • School Specialty $11.07 1 $11.07
GLAZE TPL-66 FIRE OPAL PINT EACH • School Specialty $10.64 1 $10.64
30 Plastic Pots for Plants, Cuttings & Seedlings, 4-Inch, Standard. Color: Terracotta • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

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