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Mrs. Ward from Bakersfield CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Going, Going, Gone: Rearing Monarch Butterflies

My students need potting soil, milkweed seed balls, and Monarch rearing kits to provide hands-on experiences with environmental/life science.

  • $436 goal

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My Students

Raising butterflies has always been exciting to my students. With the emphasis on Common Core, there is little time for hands-on experiences. This project will allow the students an opportunity to participate in the life cycle of the monarch. In the past this has been a highlight of the year.

My kindergarten students are from various economic and social backgrounds.

They are excited about all areas of learning in the classroom, especially when they can use all of their senses to experience it. This type of learning motivates them to read, write, and participate in the feeding, tagging, and release of monarch butterflies in the hopes of perpetuating the dwindling population. Our school is in a central California agricultural and oil based community, with some degree of transiency. We strive to meet the needs of our diverse population through differentiated instruction and high expectations, which allows students to reach their full potential. Thus our school has become one of the higher performing schools in our large district.

My Project

Starting the school year, students get to learn about the monarch life cycle, watching the complete metamorphosis with the provided caterpillars. This project will allow students to plant and grow the needed milkweed which is the only plant that monarch caterpillars will eat. Later in the year, students will use the grown milkweed to provide nourishment for their own monarch caterpillars which they will also be responsible to care for. Once the caterpillar emerges as a butterfly, students will tag and release their butterfly into the wild, tracking their migration. The excess milkweed and habitats will provide a place for breeding and nourishment for subsequent generations of butterflies.

I have been teaching about the monarch butterfly as well as other insects and their life cycles for over 20 years.

This hands-on life science experience, opens students' eyes, providing a glimpse of how nature can perpetuate itself. It will give students an appreciation for the depleting Monarch population, teaching them about responsibility for our environment and how we must nurture and take care of it.

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

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Monarch Butterfly Farm Rearing Kit • Nasco $33.96 5 $169.80
Black Gold 1302040 16-Quart All Organic Potting Soil • Amazon Business $13.60 5 $68.00
Narrowleaf Milkweed Seed Balls for Fall Planting (Asclepias fascicularis) (50) • Amazon Business $20.00 1 $20.00
Butterflyweed Seed Balls for Fall Planting (Asclepias tuberosa) A Milkweed for Monarchs (50) • Amazon Business $20.00 1 $20.00
Showy Milkweed Seed Balls for Fall Planting (Asclepias speciosa) (20) • Amazon Business $14.50 1 $14.50

Materials cost

$292.30

Vendor shipping charges

$16.98

State sales tax

$26.75

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.38

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$370.41

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$65.37

Total project goal

$435.78

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$435.78

4 Donors

-$407.91

Donations toward project cost

-$370.41

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$37.50

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$27.87

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$0.00

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