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Ms. Castaneda-Hepburn from Los Angeles CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Give a HOOT! Studying Owls and Reading Books!

My students need The novel Hoot by Carl Hiaasen and owl pellets to study the local owls.

  • $427 goal

This project expired on April 22, 2014.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Learning has to be practical to keep my students interest. By studying owls and then walking to the local creek to see their habitat, I can make science real to them.

I teach science at an urban school.

My students have chosen to take classes that emphasizes Marine Science and the environment. I have found that when we do more hands on activities, the attendance, behavior, interest and motivation of the students dramatically improves. I enjoy teaching more when the kids are engaged and working on a goal. Finally, the students can then take their parents to the wetlands and show them what they have learned, sharing their growing love of the environment.

My Project

I want my students to learn about their environment and the other habitants. The wetlands near our school are home to many animals as well as many birds that use the Pacific Flyway migration route. The story of Hoot tells of one boy making a difference. After reading the story we will disassemble the owl pellets to see what they have been eating. Then we will walk to the local wetlands in search of owls. If I can develop my students into Wildlife Stewards and help them to understand the value of the environment, they can pass it on and continue to love and protect the local area.

The future of our environment is in the hands of our children.

We must teach them why it is important to respect and protect the natural planet. Learning the habits and facts about owls will give these students a connection to their world. It may open their eyes to all the natural beauty of their world and why they must take care of it. The environment needs to be appreciated and respected and I want my students to recognize that fact.

Ms. Castaneda-Hepburn
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 140 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Hoot Carl Hiaasen • AKJ Books $11.64 5 $58.20
Hoot (PB) • AKJ Books $5.10 15 $76.50
Large Owl Pellet • Carolina Biological Supply Company $3.23 20 $64.60
The Book of North American Owls • AKJ Books $5.80 10 $58.00
Curriculum Mastery Owl & Owl Pellet Flip Chart • Carolina Biological Supply Company $34.15 1 $34.15

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