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Mrs. Heyne from Santa Rosa CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Build-a-Whale Project

Help me give my students black and white plastic sheeting in order to build a life size model of a whale.

  • $434 goal

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My Students

My students are hardworking and motivated. Most students in this class are interested in entering a science field, and they enjoy being challenged. They enjoy team work and excel at problem solving and finding unique solutions.

Many of them are affected by hardships, such as coming from low income families, and will be first generation students graduating from high school and attending college.

Many of my students are also still affected by the Tubbs Fire that occurred in Santa Rosa last year.

My Project

The Build-A-Whale project would be a part of my larger marine biology unit in my Health Science & Biotechnology 2 class. Students would build a life size model of a whale that is big enough to walk through. This lesson would focus heavily on collaboration and team building, in addition to the marine mammal content I would cover. Students will create this whale at the end of the year and provide the opportunity for other students at our school to experience this fun opportunity and explore our whale during the often stressful time of finals. This will be a teaching experience for my students, and they will create tools to educate the visiting students as they explore our whale.

Students will create a life size whale, experiencing problem solving, collaboration, and creative expression.

Students will fulfill NGSS standards (HS-LS2) through building a model, understanding relationships in the marine ecosystem, and educating other students about human impact on the environment.

I first learned about this project while observing a veteran teacher before obtaining my teaching credential. I recently found the instructions in my Project WILD book.

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

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
TK22060532T 100 ft. x 12 ft. Polyethylene Construction Film Black • Grainger $49.34 2 $98.68
TK22060542T 100 ft. x 8 ft. 4 Polyethylene Construction Film White • Grainger $40.59 2 $81.18
TK22060563T Polypropylene Carton Sealing Tape Acrylic Adhesive 48mm X 100m 36 PK • Grainger $67.00 1 $67.00
TK22060578T Box Floor 20 Fan 120V • Grainger $26.53 1 $26.53
TK22060579T 25 ft. Indoor Outdoor Extension Cord Max Amps 13.0 Number of Outlets 1 Orange • Grainger $7.00 1 $7.00

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