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Dr. Cline from Detroit MI is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Gator Gone Missing and Other Life Science Mysteries!

Help me give my students owl pellets, an inflatable gator, and books so they have items to use during their life science unit.

  • $217 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

This is my first year as a classroom teacher since 1996. My new students are 80% Hispanic and reside in Detroit. I want them to squeal with joy when they walk into their classroom. I will be their math and science teacher and want our classroom to look like a science lab. We will share all kinds of adventures inside and outside our classroom. We will also be inviting a variety of Hispanic scientists, engineers, and mathematicians into our room to learn more about their careers.

Due to their English language challenges and residing in an inner-city, their exposure to authentic math and science may be limited.

My task as their teacher will be to find ways for them to have access to fun and exciting real-life​ scenarios.

My Project

How in the world did the alligator of Gumbo Limbo disappear without a trace? Students will be listening to the novel by Jean Craighead George, "The Missing Gator of Gumbo Limbo" while exploring the idea of structure and function. They will be using their math and science skills as they work through this ecological mystery.

Dissecting owl pellets to determine what they eat will be one of the many side trips the students will experience as science detectives!

They will look at the structure of the various bones they find in the pellets to determine what the owl had for breakfast.

They will also have the opportunity to dive further into the writings by George as we fill the classroom library with a variety of her novels.

Dr. Cline
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Premium Barn Owl Pellets, Small (Pack of 20) - Free Bone ID Chart & Teaching Guide Included! • Amazon Business $40.99 2 $81.98
Jet Creations Inflatable Gator 49 inch Long Safari Great for Pool, Party Decoration, an-Gator • Amazon Business $21.00 1 $21.00
The Buffalo Are Back • Amazon Business $14.74 1 $14.74
One Day in the Prairie (Trophy Chapter Book) • Amazon Business $8.98 1 $8.98
On the Far Side of the Mountain • Amazon Business $7.67 1 $7.67
There's an Owl in the Shower • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics) • Amazon Business $5.49 1 $5.49
One Day in the Woods • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99

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