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Mrs. Simons from Shelbyville TN is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Caterpillars to Butterflies

My students need caterpillars, Luna moths, and horn worms for observing the life cycle of insects.

  • $401 goal

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My Students

Think back to when you were a child playing and exploring outside. Remember all of the insects that you saw. Did you ever think, "How was that creature created?" These insects would be a great way spark their curiosity and inspire them to explore and investigate more!

My students are like all students.

They are creative and imaginative. However they are different because my students lack opportunity and exposure in their home life. I teach a 92% free and reduced lunch population. We have very low socioeconomic population full of diversity. We also have a large population of Hispanic students, whose parents speak little English. These parents are worried about feeding their families, keeping a roof over their heads, and paying the bills instead of being able to provide a rich academic experience for their child. My students have to do their homework by themselves, take care of younger siblings, and stay at home alone instead of being kids. They come to school to get away from their responsibilities at home and actually function as a kid. My students deserve every opportunity to learn and have fun while doing it.

My Project

My students are so creative and imaginative. They are so curious and ask so many questions. Even though I teach at a high poverty school my students deserve every opportunity to learn and to be exposed to as many ideas, experiences, and activities as any child would. They will be learning about the life cycle of several different kinds of insects. They will be observing and interacting with these insects at several stages of their life cycle. Yes, they may experience the insects outside but to teach a child how something was created is like lighting a fire with gasoline and matches, it explodes, just as these kids minds will when the are outside and they investigate one these insects and actually know and understand how it was created and what will be the next stage in the insects life. I hope to produce scientists and explorers who would have never had these opportunities at school if it weren't for the dedication of their teachers and people who cared enough to give!

Teaching the Tennessee State Standards has become so driven by law makers, supervisors, and principals.

Observing and exploring the life cycle of insects not only follows along with state standards but it is also an interactive activity that all students, no matter what academic level, can learn from their hands on experience. My students love hands on activities and this is a great way to teach those standards and have fun at the same time.

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Mrs. Simons
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 16 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Butterflies in the Classroom Demo Kit (with prepaid coupon) • Carolina Biological Supply Company $36.10 5 $180.50
Moth Cocoons, Pack of 3 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $17.04 4 $68.16
Hornworm Amazing Bugs Kit (with live hornworm larvae) • Carolina Biological Supply Company $24.94 1 $24.94

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