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Ms. Mendez from Chicago IL is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Class Leopard Gecko Habitat Upgrade

My students need a larger tank, heating pad, terrain mat, basking rocks, habitat background, and other care accessories for our class leopard gecko.

  • $493 goal

This project expired on June 7, 2018.

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My Students

Imagine an urban school with abandoned train tracks and unpleasant factories surrounding it. Our school is located in a high poverty neighborhood where my students are faced with several challenges both in and out of our school. Despite the many problems they face, I am looking to keep my students motivated to master Spanish via meaningful learning experiences and authentic student driven projects.

My students, after facing much misfortune and hardship, have learned to become resilient and deserve to have the same resources others schools have.

My Project

Our class Leopard Gecko, Jupiter, is the highlight of our classroom. For many students who do not have pets, Jupiter is the closest thing they have to one. While he is the protagonist of our student made Spanish books written by our Novice learners, Jupiter also provides an emotional need for many of my students. My students have the opportunity to handle him and share in the responsibilities of taking care of him like any other house pet.

Not only am I able to utilize our class gecko as a meaningful focal point for Spanish writing projects, but he also becomes our agent to cross-curricular lessons in Science.

Due to the success and impact he has had with my kids (and their desire to not let Jupiter live alone), we voted to adopted another Gecko and name her for different planet. Our second class pet will allow for my student to expand their use of the Spanish language for their writing assignments as now they move to writing and developing another character and the use of gender specific adjectives that exists in Romance languages. We can even further practice writing from various perspectives.

Ms. Mendez
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 185 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Carolina Custom Cages Terrarium, Large 36x18x18; Easy Assembly • Amazon Business $199.99 1 $199.99
Reptile Habitat Background; Double Arch with Tree, for 36x18x36 Terrarium, 3-sided Wraparound • Amazon Business $38.99 1 $38.99
Zilla Reptile Habitat Lighting & Terrarium Heat Power Center, Digital • Amazon Business $24.93 1 $24.93
Exo Terra Reptile Den, Medium • Amazon Business $24.78 1 $24.78
Zilla Reptile Terrarium Heat Mats, Large, 24 Watt • Amazon Business $18.92 1 $18.92
Exo Terra Crystal Cave for Reptiles, Medium • Amazon Business $15.38 1 $15.38
Exo Terra Star Cactus Terrarium Plant • Amazon Business $7.14 2 $14.28
Exo Terra Water Dish, Large • Amazon Business $13.06 1 $13.06
Exo Terra Gecko Cave for Reptiles, Small • Amazon Business $12.18 1 $12.18
Exo Terra Forest Branch, Medium • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
Zilla Reptile Terrarium Bedding Substrate Liner, Brown, 30G • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Exo Terra Water Dish, Small • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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