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Mrs. S. from Saint Louis MO is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Bringing Butterfly Habitats to Fourth Graders

My students need funding for a classroom butterfly and plant habitat where they can observe caterpillar larva metamorph into large butterflies and sustain themselves using the plants in the habitat.

  • $435 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My fourth grade students are caring, outgoing, and creative students. They come from diverse backgrounds from all around the world. My students love exploring and being REAL-LIFE scientists, while building social and academic skills. They are creative problem solvers who work diligently every day at our low socioeconomic school. We are grateful and excited to have this opportunity get our project funded!

The students in my class are innovative learners who are seeking opportunities to be creative 21st century problem solvers by using non-traditional technological tools.

We love being scientists and engineers, but are lacking the supplies necessary to engage in high levels of exploration. My students come from underprivileged families who would never have these amazing opportunities without your help!

My Project

My fourth grade students are seeking an opportunity to have a butterfly and plant habitat in our classroom. Learning about the interdependence of plants and animals is an important concept for fourth grade students. During this project, my students will have the opportunity to observe caterpillar larva metamorph into large butterflies and then sustain themselves using plants and water within the habitat. This is an amazing opportunity to gain a hands-on approach to learning about the wonderful world of insects!

As collaborative groups, my students came up with this innovative idea to extend upon our curriculum and provide genuine, applicable, and hands-on inquiry to our science classroom.

My fourth grade students will participate in STEM activities during this project. Students will get to design the interior of the butterfly habitat, revising their designs as we progress through the various stages of development. To create the best interior design for the larva to develop, students will conduct research as a collaborative group and then create a prototype.

One of the really cool aspects of this project is its longevity; students will spend the remaining months of the school year (and the entire year next year) observing, interpreting data, drawing conclusions, and designing the interior of the habitat. They will determine the best living environment for the butterflies and ways to maintain their health and safety from larva to butterfly.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our enriching, inquiry-based environmental science project!

Mrs. S.
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Butterfly Display Cage • Carolina Biological Supply Company $109.75 1 $109.75
Butterfly Lifecycle 4pc Set • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
SuperMoss (22167) Sheet Moss Mini (Shredded) Preserved, Fresh Green, 3lbs • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Painted Lady Butterfly 5-Larvae Culture • Carolina Biological Supply Company $14.98 2 $29.96
Insect Lore Live Butterfly Growing Kit Gift Box Set - 5 Caterpillars to Butterflies with Feeder Butterfly Toys and More - SHIP NOW • Amazon Business $27.99 1 $27.99
Zen Reflections Juniper Bonsai • Amazon Business $24.68 1 $24.68
Mkono Himmeli Hanging Planter with Ceramic Plant holder Wall decor • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Kids Preferred The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board Book • Amazon Business $12.08 1 $12.08
Butterfly Learning Toy - 4 Piece Set Shows Metamorphasis Of A Butterfly • Amazon Business $9.85 1 $9.85
Fliptomania Monarch Butterfly Flipbook • Amazon Business $5.98 1 $5.98

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