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Ms. h. from San Francisco CA is requesting a classroom visitor through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bring the Bugmobile to West Portal

The cost of bringing the Bugmobile to the school is $197, including <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $209 goal

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Hi. I am a Kindergarten teacher in San Francisco. Right now my students are learning about insects. It's a great subject for young children because bugs are such interesting,scary creatures. We have studied butterflies, beetles, ants, and bees. After spring break we will learn about grasshoppers. We got lots of books from the school library on these insects. A group learns about an insect, its habitat, life cycle, predators, etc. then draws a mural of its habitat. The kids in that group also draw,cut out, and paste insects to the habitat. As they work they tell me what they know about their insect and I write their comments on sentence strips and attach it to the mural. We hang the mural up and read the information to the rest of the class so they learn about the insect too. I read the library books to the whole class about a particular insect. Listening Center activities include listening to Hidden Animals and draw a picture of animal camouflages, Caterpillar Diary and color pictures of a butterfly, I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly and make a puppet of the old lady, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and make your own book of the Very Hungry Caterpillar to take home and read. We have plastic bugs to play with and will use these bugs for counting and math activities. We will make a graph of our favorite insects. I have ordered caterpillar larvae and we will watch the life cycle and keep our own caterpillar diary. The Insect Discovery Lab is a project of the Center for Ecosystem Survival. The Insect Discovery Lab "Bugmobile" allows the Center to fulfill the need for science education in the public schools. The "Bugmobile" brings live bugs, some of them 6 inches long and vibrantly colored, to the classroom. The naturalist gives a 50 minute hands-on interactive program highlighting conservation awareness, the diverse world of insects, and the role of insects in the web of life. The thrill of this presentation is the hands-on approach. The naturalist sets the mood, then allows the children to hold or touch the insects. It's wonderful to watch as shy or scared children slowly relax around these creatures and eventually hold a finger or hand out to touch. This would be an exciting ending to our study of insects. Thank you for your consideration.

Ms. h.
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Center for Ecosystem Survival (The Bugmobile will come to school. The naturalist will give a 50 minute presentation to the children. ) $150.00

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