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Mrs. Koeppe from Ann Arbor MI is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Gardening For Pollinators and Buggy Behaviors

Help me give my students live caterpillars, Praying Mantises, ladybugs, and Roly Polies - to teach compassion for living creatures and support biodiversity - seeds; books and resources for a pollinator garden; and naturalist backpacks to promote conservation.

  • $997 goal

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My Students

I work for a Title I school with students from diverse backgrounds, and nearly half of our school qualifies for free or reduced-price lunches. We face many financial challenges as a Title I School, and we value every resource that we have. I do my best to challenge each and every one of my students, because I have students with various academic considerations.

My goal is for every student to grow and succeed - academically and socially - and come to school with a curiosity for learning.

Therefore, I work diligently to differentiate and individualize instruction, so that my students can learn to the best of their abilities. I thrive on providing meaningful opportunities to build on students’ confidence in reading, while building integrative connections across the curriculum.

My students are dynamic and sweet. Our school is community-oriented and supportive. We value partnerships with families, and we look for ways to help our students grow. Our school has created strong partnerships in the community to build conscious, young learners. My students value giving back to others in return; and I love to inspire learners who are curious, confident, caring, committed, and inspired by their own learning potential.

My Project

This project will support life science and build compassion and respect for small, living creatures. We will apply this project to our study of Life Cycles and Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems. It will teach young children to become stewards of nature, and teach about biodiversity - as we care for our live classroom moths, butterflies, ladybugs, roly polies, and praying mantises - and attract beneficial insects.

This project will foster of a love of nature and living creatures; and create awareness for nature's pollinators, beneficial insects and decomposers.

Students will learn about the interconnectedness of insects and their role in the environment. My class will compare and contrast various living creatures with respect and compassion. Students will research interesting animal adaptations and buggy behaviors with the books.

We will plant marigolds, zinnias, moonflowers, dill, snapdragons, and a butterfly bush to attract butterflies and moths. Students will discover how to design and grow urban planters and/or gardens that attract pollinators and beneficial insects with books like, 'National Geographic Birds, Bees, and Butterflies: Bringing Nature Into Your Yard and Garden'.

We will examine how praying mantises, Painted Lady butterflies and ladybugs are beneficial insects for gardens, comparing their behaviors and various food sources. We will learn that roly polies - not insects at all - are nature's decomposers.

This project will provide hands-on learning that promotes critical thinking skills; empathy skills, cooperative learning, and naturalistic development. Students will have opportunities to observe, record, plan, and investigate the role of beneficial insects and creatures in their environment.

Students will identify the importance of bees and butterflies in our food system through research and class read-alouds, such as: Show Me The Honey, by Dr. Suess. Students can explore at home when they borrow books and nature backpacks containing: binoculars, bugcatchers, magnifying glasses, and more.

Mrs. Koeppe
Grades PreK-2
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 75 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Roly-Poly Pill Bugs Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $58.72 1 $58.72
Saturniid Moth Cocoon Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $37.35 1 $37.35
Praying Mantis Amazing Bugs Kit (with prepaid coupon) • Carolina Biological Supply Company $33.07 1 $33.07
Insect Lore Hungry Caterpillar Growing Kit Habitat, Blue • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
Insect Lore The World of Eric Carle The Grouchy Ladybug Growing Kit, Purple • Amazon Business $27.69 1 $27.69
National Geographic Birds, Bees, and Butterflies: Bringing Nature Into Your Yard and Garden • Amazon Business $27.19 1 $27.19
Carolina Seed Assortment Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $25.87 1 $25.87
Adventure Kids - Educational Outdoor Children’s Toys - Binoculars, Flashlight, Compass, Magnifying Glass, Butterfly Net & Backpack. Explorer Kit, Great Kidz Gift Set For Birthday, Camping & Hiking • Amazon Business $22.97 1 $22.97
Ziploc Big Bags, Large, 5 Count • Amazon Business $6.69 3 $20.07
Kids Outdoor Explorer kit with Backyard SAFARI HAT for NATURE,Zoo Keeper,Park Ranger,Paleontology, STEM,SCIENTIFIC, HALLOWEEN,Bug Catching,Camping,Hiking,Dress up and Role play explorer gear • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
HQ4Kids - Outdoor Educational Kids Toys: Set Binoculars, Compass, Magnifying Glass & Flashlight. Explorer Hiking & Camping Games Kit, Great for Exploring Nature, Adventure Kids & Birthday Gift • Amazon Business $18.95 1 $18.95
Luna Moth • AKJ Education $18.72 1 $18.72
Miss Molly Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) Live Shrub, Deep Pink Flowers, 4.5 in. Quart • Amazon Business $17.99 1 $17.99
Seed Needs Milkweed Seed Collection (6 Individual Seed Packets) Open Pollinated Seeds • Amazon Business $17.50 1 $17.50
Pattern Bugs • AKJ Education $16.53 1 $16.53
Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More! Poems for Two Voices • AKJ Education $16.19 1 $16.19
Learning Resources Butterfly Life Cycle • Amazon Business $15.29 1 $15.29
AeroGarden Snapdragon Puppet Show Garden Activity Kit • Amazon Business $14.72 1 $14.72
Butterfly Feeding Station Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $6.57 2 $13.14
Nic Bishop: Butterflies and Moths • AKJ Education $13.13 1 $13.13
Fun With Nature: Take Along Guide (Take Along Guides) • Amazon Business $12.61 1 $12.61
Gardening for Birds, Butterflies, and Bees: Everything you need to Know to Create a wildlife Habitat in your Backyard • Amazon Business $12.23 1 $12.23
The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs: Discover Amazing Butterflies, Moths, Spiders, Dragonflies, and Other Insects! • Amazon Business $11.92 1 $11.92
AeroGarden Grow Anything Seed Pod Kit (6-Pod) • Amazon Business $11.67 1 $11.67
100 Plants to Feed the Bees: Provide a Healthy Habitat to Help Pollinators Thrive • Amazon Business $11.52 1 $11.52
Carson Home Accents Flagtrends Classic Garden Flag, Bee Happy Busy Buzzin' • Amazon Business $10.99 1 $10.99
4 Dozen (48) Laminated BUG - Insect 6 BOOKMARKS - Party Favors TEACHER Rewards Butterfly Caterpillar BUMBLE Bee Ladybug by Just4fun • Amazon Business $10.95 1 $10.95
UnBEElievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings • Amazon Business $10.54 1 $10.54
The Story of Chester, The Monarch Caterpillar/Larva DVD • Carolina Biological Supply Company $10.03 1 $10.03
GeMoor 4 Pack Telescopic Butterfly Nets - Great for Catching Insects Bugs Fishing - Outdoor Tools for Kids Playing - Extendable from 6.8’’ to 34’’ (Blue Orange Yellow Green) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Encap 10806-6 Zinnia Cut Flower Mix, 2 Pounds • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Jiffy-7 42mm Peat Pellets - 50 Count • Amazon Business $9.85 1 $9.85
TINYMILLS 24 Pcs Bee Stampers for Kids, Bumble Bee Party Favors • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
EasyGo Garden & Yard Flag Stand - Holds flags up to 12" in width – Steel Black Garden Flag Pole Holder without Flag - 3 Pieces for Easy Storage • Amazon Business $8.88 1 $8.88
BeautyMood New 120PCS Plastic Waterproof Plant Nursery Garden Labels T-type Tags Markers Plant Stakes Re-Usable Plant Labels, 12 Colors • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
KOVOT Set Of 3 Telescopic Butterfly Nets - 15" - 34" • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
David's Garden Seeds Flower Morning Glory Moonflower SL6634 (White) 25 Open Heirloom Seeds • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
6 ~ Bug / Insect Stampers / Ink Stamps ~ New • Amazon Business $7.93 1 $7.93
Butterfly Life Cycle Model Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $7.42 1 $7.42
On Beyond Bugs All About Insects • AKJ Education $7.29 1 $7.29
Insect Pollinators (First Step Nonfiction) (First Step Nonfiction - Pollination) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
BEE PENCILS (2 DOZEN) - BULK • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Giddy Buggy Bug-Catching Net • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Cutie Pie Butterfly Bug-Catching Net • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Melissa & Doug Happy Giddy Bug Net • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Plantable Seed-starter CowPots, Garden Pots For Healthier Plants, Made With Renewable Energy, 3 Inch Square Pots (Pack of 12) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Outsidepride Marigold White - 500 Seeds • Amazon Business $6.49 1 $6.49
Moonflower, the • AKJ Education $5.80 1 $5.80
Fun Express Mini Insect Erasers, 144 Count • Amazon Business $5.80 1 $5.80
Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar Wooden Ladybug Maraca, 7.5" • Amazon Business $5.55 1 $5.55
Plant Life Cycle Poster • Carolina Biological Supply Company $5.35 1 $5.35
Fun Express 1 Roll Realistic Bug/Insect Stickers (100 Piece), 1.5" • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
It's a Good Thing There Are Earthworms • AKJ Education $4.34 1 $4.34
It's a Good Thing There Are Ladybugs • AKJ Education $4.34 1 $4.34
National Geographic Readers: Buzz, Bee! • Amazon Business $3.74 1 $3.74
The Bug Book • Amazon Business $3.74 1 $3.74
Show me the Honey (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Bees • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Busy Bugs A Book About Patterns • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
Busy Buzzy Bee • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
National Geographic Readers: Flutter, Butterfly! • AKJ Education $3.59 1 $3.59
National Geographic Readers: Great Migrations Butterflies • Amazon Business $3.19 1 $3.19
ocelo Utility Sponge, (2 Sponges Total) • Amazon Business $2.67 1 $2.67
It's a Bug's Life • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Sprayer, Plant Mister • Carolina Biological Supply Company $1.75 1 $1.75
I Wonder Why Spiders Spin Webs • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Some Bugs Glow In the Dark • AKJ Education $1.75 1 $1.75
Bottle, Plant Mister • Carolina Biological Supply Company $0.94 1 $0.94

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