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Ms. Kirkman from Des Moines IA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Invent an Insect

My students need a microscope, biological slides, a praying mantis habitat, and a book with photographs of insects in order to broaden their understanding of insects & invent their own!

  • $279 goal

This project expired on August 7, 2018.

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My Students

I have the most enthusiastic, eager to learn, amazing group of sixth grade students. All fifty-eight of my students are excited about learning and curious about the world around us! Our middle school is blessed with a culturally rich student population. I learn from the students each and every day and am thankful I was selected to be their teacher.

My sixth grade students are innovators, risk-takers, and active problem solvers who excel when given project-based learning opportunities that tap into their creativity, generosity, and understanding of others.

I know that many have faced difficult challenges in life, but they strive each day to overcome anything in their path. We are a school that is rich in culture and diversity.

I am constantly impressed at how the families, students, and school staff work as a team whenever someone is in need. Our students constantly amaze me, and I look forward to each smile, each act of happiness and their desire to learn more!

My Project

What can stop a 6th grader in mid-sentence and immediately evoke questions? Insects! Whether they see them on the sidewalk or out on the grass, insects immediately catch their attention. What is it? What can it do? Where is it going? Harnessing this natural curiosity regarding insects is a natural fit in our body organization and stimulus/response science units.

The Microsculpture: Portraits of Insects books will allow my students to observe the structure and organization of many different insects.

The microscope and the slides will allow them to have an inside view and the phone mount will allow them to take pictures. We will be able to compare the structure of insects to the human body.

6th graders can develop a deep understanding of science when they observe and learn from nature and then apply their knowledge.

The praying mantis habitat will allow the students to observe them hatching, understanding their habitat needs, and see them develop. Students will apply their knowledge of insects, body organization, and stimulus/response to invent a new insect. They will apply their knowledge of our climate as they invent their insect and define and justify each insect adaptation.

By inventing an insect, creating its body organization, defining how it responds to stimulus, students will meet and/or exceed the NGSS standard MS-LS1-8 Molecules to Organisms.

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

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This project will reach 58 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
AmScope M150C-I 40X-1000X All-Metal Optical Glass Lenses Cordless LED Student Biological Compound Microscope • Amazon Business $81.99 1 $81.99
AmScope PS50A Prepared Microscope Slide Set for Basic Biological Science Education, 50 Biology and Pathology Slides, Includes Fitted Wooden Case • Amazon Business $33.98 1 $33.98
Microsculpture: Portraits of Insects • Amazon Business $26.16 1 $26.16
Insect Lore Live Praying Mantis Gift Set Habitat Kit • Amazon Business $25.49 1 $25.49
Microscope Lens Adapter, Microscope Smartphone Camera Adaptor - for Microscope Eyepiece Tube 23.2mm, Built-in WF 16mm Eyepiece - Capture and record the beauty in the Micro World • Amazon Business $22.99 1 $22.99

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