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Mrs. Keough from Astatula FL is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Carnivorous Beetles in the Classroom!? Oh My! Oh YES!

My students need science center materials and books about insects to help them delve deeper into the mysterious and wonderful world of creepy crawly bugs!

  • $353 goal

This project expired on July 27, 2018.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

When you think of your elementary school days, what stands out to you? I want my students to remember our classroom's science center(s) teaming with creatures in various stages of their life cycle.

My students love bugs - and they're starting to turn our classroom into a living entomology museum!

I teach at a small school in rural Florida. My classes include many students for whom English is their second language (including one student that has come to us recently speaking no English) and students who have special learning needs. Our fourth grade is departmentalized and I try to do projects & find enough materials to get every child involved. I am amazed at the level and complexity of the conversations they have during project/lab time and try have as many hands-on activities as possible in order to draw out those conversations.

My Project

When students wander into my classroom, they are immediately drawn to our science areas - which house insects, amphibians, and fish. The most exciting of our days is when the kids actually SEE the larva form a chrysalis or a butterfly hatch during class time! We have managed to acquire several terrariums over the last few years, but they are lacking adequate lighting to view the insects.

This project will allow me to add lights so the children can better observe the animals living within our science center habitats and the books will give the students a resource on their level to research the animals we have in the classroom.

Our "carnivorous beetles" (as I call them until students discover that lady bugs are a type of beetle!) are beginning to make their pupae, but we are struggling to see everything taking place. The lights will be added to the bug terrariums we have so we can properly view what is taking place within.

In the past, I've students have used encyclopedias to research insects and create a life cycle craft/report. However, this year I have more students with a wider range of reading abilities. In order for this project to continue, we need resources to reach all students. The books and DisneyNature DVD have been carefully selected to serve as resources to reach all of my learners - from my high ones that need to be challenged, to my lower readers that need the science content brought to them on their reading level, to my non-English speaking students that need the content brought to them in their own language.

As our class becomes a mini-museum and students have resources on their levels, students become experts on the insect(s) of their choice and become guides for visiting classes!

Mrs. Keough
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 75 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Exo Terra Repti-Glo 5.0 Compact Fluorescent Tropical Terrarium Lamp, 26-Watt • Amazon Business $13.99 2 $27.98
Exo Terra Nano Plastic Canopy for PT2601 • Amazon Business $25.63 1 $25.63
Exo Terra Compact Incandescent Fixture for PT2600/PT2602, Mini • Amazon Business $19.51 1 $19.51
Disneynature: Wings of Life (Blu-ray / DVD) • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Eyewitness: Butterfly & Moth (Eyewitness Books) • Amazon Business $15.97 1 $15.97
Cicadas!: Strange and Wonderful • Amazon Business $13.72 1 $13.72
Insect (DK Eyewitness Books) • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Cicada (21st Century Junior Library: Creepy Crawly Critters) • Amazon Business $12.79 1 $12.79
National Geographic Kids Everything Insects: All the Facts, Photos, and Fun to Make You Buzz • Amazon Business $12.32 1 $12.32
Safari Ltd Safariology the Life Cycle of a Honey Bee • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Safari Ltd Safariology How Insects See Bug Eye View • Amazon Business $9.95 1 $9.95
Creepy Creatures: Beetles • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Creepy Creatures: Ants • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Cicadas (Dig Deep! Bugs That Live Underground) • Amazon Business $8.25 1 $8.25
Creepy Creatures: Grasshoppers • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
The Life and Times of the Ant • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Silkworms (Lerner Natural Science Books) (A Lerner Natural Science Book) • Amazon Business $6.40 1 $6.40
Ant Cities (Lets Read and Find Out Books) (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
National Geographic Readers: De la Oruga a la Mariposa (Caterpillar to Butterfly) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
La vida de una abeja (A Bee's Life) (Spanish Version) (TIME FOR KIDS® Nonfiction Readers) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
¡Locos por insectos y arañas! (Going Buggy) (Spanish Version) (TIME FOR KIDS® Nonfiction Readers) (Spanish Edition) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
A Bee's Life (TIME FOR KIDS® Nonfiction Readers) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
National Geographic Readers: Ants • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
National Geographic Readers: Bees • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
DK Readers L2: Amazing Bees • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

Materials cost

$266.03

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$3.99

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$300.02

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$52.94

Total project goal

$352.96

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$352.96

2 Donors

-$176.48

Donations toward project cost

-$150.01

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$26.47

match offer

-$176.48

Match offer toward project cost

-$150.01

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$26.47

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$0.00

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