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Mrs. P. from Sunnyvale CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Insects, Bugs, and Dirt!

My students need hands-on activities to learn about insects and bugs!

  • $317 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

A typical day in our classroom consists of a constant review of a daily visual schedule, timers beeping, ringing of bells to signal the end of activities and the start of new exciting ones, learning centers, facilitated play, circle time, wiggle time, and music.

Our students are vivacious and incredibly active.

Our class consists of 10 talented individuals, all with an autism eligibility. Each of our students have an IEP (individualized education plan) in place. These plans consist of goals to help our students with everyday skills, including but not limited to play skills, academic skills, social skills, attending, and participating in activities.

Our school is located in Sunnyvale, CA. This year, we have been moved to a new campus. Moving into our new classroom gave us the opportunity to go through all of our materials and revamp what we need to make our thematic learning curriculum better. This may include adapted seating, wiggle activities, toys, books, furniture, teacher supplies, snacks, sensory items, outdoor toys, and play ideas to make preschool more exciting and engaging for our little explorers. We are usually their first school experience; we strive to make it a great one!

My Project

This year we wanted to incorporate a project into our classroom for a hands-on opportunity for our students to be able to see the life cycle of some insects. We have requested ladybug habitats, butterfly habitats, and worms! We are hoping that these resources will help our students understand how insects work and live.

Hands-on learning in preschool especially is so important.

We would like to bring in these materials to help our students see, hear, and touch. We've requested books to help them learn about the insects auditorially. We have requested habitats so our students can visually see and inspect the insects and their homes. Potentially their lifestyles. And we have requested a few different species of the insects to be able to collaborate on the different ways insects live and look. These hands-on materials should be so much fun for our preschool aged students!

Mrs. P.
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ladybugs in the Classroom Kit (with prepaid coupon) • Carolina Biological Supply Company $67.45 1 $67.45
Ant Farm Kit, Giant • Carolina Biological Supply Company $37.12 1 $37.12
Insect Lore Butterfly Growing Kit Toy - Includes Voucher Coupon for 5 Live Caterpillars to Butterflies • Amazon Business $21.24 1 $21.24
Insect Lore Ladybug Growing Kit Toy - Includes Voucher Coupon for Baby Ladybug Larave to Adult Ladybugs - SHIP LATER • Amazon Business $17.19 1 $17.19
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Bugs (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books) • Amazon Business $9.50 1 $9.50
Counting Ladybugs 1-2-3 (All About Counting Bugs 1-2-3: Guided Reading Level: A) • Amazon Business $9.35 1 $9.35
Ladybug Life Cycle Stages Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $8.32 1 $8.32
Yucky Worms: Read and Wonder • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Are You A Ladybug? (Avenues) (Backyard Books) • Amazon Business $6.64 1 $6.64
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! • Amazon Business $5.02 1 $5.02
Wiggling Worms at Work (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) • Amazon Business $5.00 1 $5.00
Bugs A to Z • Amazon Business $4.22 1 $4.22
Worm Weather • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
The Bug Book • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99

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