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Ms. M. from Fayetteville NC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Creepy, Crawly, Leafy, and Furry: Learning about Life through a Hands-on Camping Experience

The cost of more than 50 books, including Animal Tracks, The Magic School Bus Hops Home, Johnny Appleseed, and Trees to Paper, is $564, including shipping and <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $573 goal

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All children enjoy exploring and observing animals, insects, plants, flowers, trees, and dirt. This interdisciplinary unit ties together many objectives in the second grade Standard Course of Study in the subjects of language arts, science, math and social studies. It will touch the lives of forty or more children each year for many years to come. It will help teachers in a district where 75% of the children are on free-reduced lunch. What better way to teach these objectives than through a real-life, hands-on experience that incorporates something that all children love in life--"The Great Outdoors!" We would like to provide our young naturalists with the opportunity to go on camping trips and learn about nature without ever having to leave the school grounds. Many of our children often have very little experience with the great outdoors. The majority of our stdents live in single-parent homes in areas that are predominately socio-economically deprived. The parents of these children have difficulty getting time away from work as well as having the extra resources to provide their children with a camping adventure. In the classroom library we will set up a mock camp site complete with tents, chairs, and other campsite equipment. The children can relax on a bean bag stump while reading all about the numerous species of plants in our world. At other times, they can explore the vast insect population while being camouflaged in the belly of a ladybug (tent). We would like to build a non-fiction section complete with Ranger Rick and Big Backyard magazines. With this literature we will have the children researching various plant and animal lifecycles. We will also incorporate the school grounds as a daylight camping experience by moving our mock indoor campsite outdoors. After researching various plant, animal, and insect life in Eastern North Carolina, the children will be able to excavate a donated sandpit looking for fossilized remains. The children can also use their bug catching kit to search for native insects, and do plant identification with leaf rubbings. Opportunities for fun and learning abound.

Ms. M.
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 40 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Owls • Amazon.com $16.95 2 $33.90
Face To Face With A Ladybug • Amazon.com $9.95 1 $9.95
Are You A Bee? • Amazon.com $9.95 1 $9.95
Are You A Ladybug? • Amazon.com $9.95 1 $9.95
Chickens Aren't The Only Ones • Amazon.com $7.99 1 $7.99
Insects and Spiders • Amazon.com $7.00 1 $7.00
Recycle: A Handbook For Kids • Amazon.com $6.99 1 $6.99
The Reasons For Seasons • Amazon.com $6.95 1 $6.95
From Tadpole to Frog • Amazon.com $6.95 1 $6.95
A Mealworms Life • Amazon.com $6.95 1 $6.95
Growing Things:Cycles of Life • Amazon.com $6.95 1 $6.95
Frogs • Amazon.com $6.95 1 $6.95
Crickets and Grasshoppers • Amazon.com $6.95 2 $13.90
Insects a True Book • Amazon.com $6.95 1 $6.95
Ants (True Book) • Amazon.com $6.95 2 $13.90
A Pillbug's Life • Amazon.com $6.95 1 $6.95
Minibeasts as Pets • Amazon.com $6.95 1 $6.95
Bees a True Book • Amazon.com $6.95 1 $6.95
The Moon Book • Amazon.com $6.95 1 $6.95
An Earthworm's Life • Amazon.com $6.95 1 $6.95
An Earthworm's Life • Scholastic Teacher Store $6.95 2 $13.90
A Ladybug's Life • Amazon.com $6.95 1 $6.95
The Journey of a Butterfly • Amazon.com $6.95 1 $6.95
From Seed to Plant • Amazon.com $6.95 1 $6.95
Cockroaches A True Book • Amazon.com $6.95 1 $6.95
A Dandelion's Life • Amazon.com $6.95 1 $6.95
Cicadas (True Book) • Amazon.com $6.95 2 $13.90
Weather Words and What They Mean • Amazon.com $6.95 1 $6.95
The Honey Makers • Amazon.com $5.99 1 $5.99
Nature's Green Umbrella • Amazon.com $5.99 1 $5.99
How Do Flies Walk Upside Down? • Amazon.com $5.95 1 $5.95
How Do Bats See in the Dark? • Amazon.com $5.95 1 $5.95
Do All Spiders Spin Webs? • Amazon.com $5.95 1 $5.95
Johnny Appleseed • Scholastic Teacher Store $4.99 2 $9.98
Chirping Crickets • Amazon.com $4.99 1 $4.99
The Cloud Book • Scholastic Teacher Store $4.95 2 $9.90
Ladybugs • Amazon.com $4.95 1 $4.95
Wonderful Worms • Scholastic Teacher Store $4.95 2 $9.90
Animal Tracks • Scholastic Teacher Store $4.95 2 $9.90
Bugs, Bugs, Bugs • Scholastic Teacher Store $4.95 2 $9.90
Animal Homes • Scholastic Teacher Store $4.95 2 $9.90
It's a Good Thing There are Insects • Scholastic Teacher Store $3.95 2 $7.90
Trees to Paper • Scholastic Teacher Store $3.95 2 $7.90
Frogs (Face to Face) • Amazon.com $3.50 1 $3.50
The Magic School Bus Hops Home • Scholastic Teacher Store $3.50 2 $7.00
Water • Scholastic Teacher Store $3.25 2 $6.50

Materials cost

$391.53

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

3rd party payment processing fee

Fulfillment labor & materials

Total project cost

$469.45

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$103.05

Total project goal

$572.50

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$572.50

3 Donors

-$542.79

Donations toward project cost

-$469.50

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$73.29

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$29.77

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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