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Mrs. Lanari from Los Lunas NM is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Future Naturalists and Entomologists

My students need books on famous naturalists and entomologists, as well as insect habitats to encourage preservation and exploration of insects.

  • $209 goal

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My Students

I have 21 students. My students come from diverse backgrounds. Being a public school in rural New Mexico, we are blessed to have many cultures and backgrounds within our classroom. We have students who are living in poverty. We have students with special needs. Our school is in the middle of a small town, so we have a mix of middle-class working families and those struggling to make ends meet. We are a Title I school. We have about 600 students in our school.

My goal is always to create a classroom community, or as I like to call it, a family.

Kindergarten is all about exploring and getting along and that is our goal for the year! My students are kind and creative and love all of the opportunities that has given to us!

My Project

The goal of this project is for kindergarten students to not only learn about insects, their homes, and structures, but for them also to form an appreciation for why insects are important to our own local ecosystem. We are requesting an ant habitat, ladybug land, and several books and encyclopedias of insects. We would also like to conduct research to learn more about famous naturalists, entomologists, and artists who made the study of insects their lives. Some of the notable people we will learn about are Jean-Henri Fabre (famous naturalist), Anna Comstock (trailblazer in nature education), Louis Fuentes (nature artist), and Maria Merian (one of the first naturalists). We will conduct our own research with the ant habitat and ladybug land!

Students who are bitten by the bug of learning will appreciate their environment and habitat for years to come.

My sincere hope is that this project will spark a fire for students in the study of something in our the world around them and that they will appreciate the scientists who came before them. I think putting a spotlight on the study of the environment can encourage our young learners to explore and understand that there can be careers in such a field. This is especially important for my female students. I would like to show them that girls can study bugs, too!

Mrs. Lanari
Grades PreK-2
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
NAVAdeal Ant Castle Experiment and Toy Allows Study of Ant Farm's Social Structure, Architecture, Ecosystem, and The Behavior of Ants within The 3D Maze of Translucent Gel • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Insect Lore Ladybug Growing Kit Toy - Includes Voucher Coupon for Baby Ladybug Larave to Adult Ladybugs - SHIP LATER • Amazon Business $17.19 1 $17.19
Ultimate Bugopedia: The Most Complete Bug Reference Ever (National Geographic Kids) • Amazon Business $15.98 1 $15.98
Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian • Amazon Business $14.02 1 $14.02
Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story • Amazon Business $13.69 1 $13.69
Big Book of Bugs • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
The Sky Painter: Louis Fuertes, Bird Artist • Amazon Business $13.18 1 $13.18
Small Wonders: Jean-Henri Fabre and His World of Insects • Amazon Business $12.46 1 $12.46
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Bugs (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books) • Amazon Business $9.50 1 $9.50
Don't Bug the Insects: Fascinating Facts about Nature's Most Misunderstood Creatures • Amazon Business $9.48 1 $9.48
On Beyond Bugs: All About Insects (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library) • Amazon Business $5.98 1 $5.98

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