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Ms. Pearson from Newport News VA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Help Us Get a Hermit Crab Class Pet!

Help me give my students a hermit crab class pet! We want to get all the things we need to take special care of our new friend!

  • $244 goal

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My Students

We are a Title I, Pre-Kindergarten school. We are the largest in the area, serving approximately 500+ students. Our school accepts those who are identified as academically high-risk, and we provide school readiness activities for 4 and 5-year-old children in full-day programs.

Most of our students come from low-income households.

We have a large dual language and military population, with 100% of our students receiving free breakfast and lunch meals each day. We have 18 intelligent, curious, and eager-to-learn students in our classroom from diverse backgrounds who will benefit greatly from any support given through projects.

My Project

I would love my friends to experience taking care of a class pet! We want an easy little friend that we can watch live and grow and be mindful of in our classroom. We decided to get a hermit crab or even two! For that to happen, we need to be prepared. We have a class neighbor with hermit crabs, so we have done some research and have put together some things we think our hermit crab might need: tank, toys, hideaways, leaves, and books for us to learn more about hermit crabs.

The great benefit of having a class pet is teaching compassion – Children learn to care for another living creature.

They don’t always know how to interact with other creatures, and this can teach them to touch softly, feed an animal, and become in tune to their feelings. I would love to be able to add that aspect of responsibility to our learning environment! We would love to care for our new hermit crab friend!

Ms. Pearson
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Zilla Reptile Starter Kit 10 with Light and Heat, Tropical • Amazon Business $61.73 1 $61.73
Hermit Crab Sea Fan - Climbing Toy for Hermies - Edible Chew Treat - Adds Natural Ambiance to Crabitat - Unbendable Sea Willow - Supports 10 Gallon & up - for Plant Tanks, Wall Decor, Art Projects7 • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
Warmtree Simulated Sea Life Animals Figurines Realistic Plastic Model Ocean Animals Action Figure for Kids' Collection Science Educational Toy (Hermit Crab) • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
The Three Little Hermit Crabs • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Hermit Crabs (Animal Planet Pet Care Library) • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
Happy Hermit Crab, A Tale of Shell Seekers • Amazon Business $8.74 1 $8.74
Herman, the Hermit Crab. • Amazon Business $7.95 1 $7.95
SunGrow Hermit Crab Leaves, 10-inches Long, Dried Leaves for Added Humidity, Delicious Crab Treat and Source of Cellulose, 10-Pieces • Amazon Business $7.70 1 $7.70
House for Hermit Crab (The World of Eric Carle) • Amazon Business $7.33 1 $7.33
Pet Hermit Crabs Up Close (Pets Up Close) • Amazon Business $6.95 1 $6.95
Wild Republic Hermit Crab Plush, Stuffed Animal, Plush Toy, Gifts for Kids, Hug’Ems 7 inches • Amazon Business $6.77 1 $6.77
Zilla Reptile Habitat Décor Hideouts Bark Bends, Medium • Amazon Business $5.94 1 $5.94
Caring for Hermit Crabs: A 4D Book (Expert Pet Care) • Amazon Business $5.81 1 $5.81
SunGrow Large Marimo for Hermit Crabs, Beautiful Living Legend and Aquarium Filter, 2 pc. • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
What Lives in a Shell? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1) • Amazon Business $4.50 1 $4.50
Kermit the Hermit • Amazon Business $4.41 1 $4.41

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