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Ms. Brewster from Medford MA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Create an Intertidal Ecosystem!

Help me give my students a hermit crab terrarium and food for a real-life ecosystem to engage them in learning biology!

  • $217 goal

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My Students

Hi there!

I work in an alternative high school for students that have social-emotional disabilities.

These are students that have difficult times being in a regular high school for a variety of different reasons. These students often come from low-income families and have had a lot of trauma in their lives.

My students often times feel left out of high school programs or feel that they are not as important as regular high school students since they are in a separate school. My goal is to bring programs that they would do if they attended the regular high school and get them more involved with the high school community.

My Project

My students live in an urban environment where it is difficult to study ecosystems in real life. There are no ponds, lakes, or streams nearby to be able to see first hand how living organisms interact with their environment. My students also have a wide range of learning needs, and having animals in the classroom might also be therapeutic for them.

I would use the hermit crab kit to show students how real-life scientists would create an optimal environment for animals.

They would be setting up the tank, helping maintain the tank, and caring for the animals. Since my students have social-emotional impairments, this activity would also encourage pro-social behaviors like empathy and communication. We can also use this project in my chemistry class to help them learn about water chemistry.

Ms. Brewster
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Land Hermit Crab Terrarium Habitat Kit (with perishables) • Carolina Biological Supply Company $129.73 1 $129.73
Hermit Crab Food, 250 g • Carolina Biological Supply Company $8.77 1 $8.77

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