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Ms. Ruff from San Francisco CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Life Through Succulents

Help me give my students chance to own a succulent and watch it grow throughout the year. As they grow in their understanding of their selves throughout the year, they will see their plants grow as well.

  • $433 goal

This project expired on December 13, 2019.

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My Students

I teach math and science to 6th graders in an urban, bilingual English-Spanish immersion school. I also teach a Black Girl Magic class as part of an Avid College Success program that provides academic and enrichment experiences to 7th and 8th grade young Black women.

My students are incredible.

They live in the increasingly unaffordable and alienating city of San Francisco. They come to school every day, ready to learn and asking tough questions about the world around them.

On a daily basis I hold a community circle to ground students in the beginning of class. This allows them time to think and converse through anything from situations happening in class, school, their communities and our world. Through this practice, I have learned how open-minded and what change-makers they are and will be.

My Project

Life through Succulents is a way to build community and develop an appreciation for the life sciences and nature. The students will decorate a personal pot to represent their identity and values. The opening to the project will give each class a basis for connecting and establishing relationships through initial sharing and expression. Then, we will plant the succulents. The students will use scientific sketches, accurate labels and graphing to describe and depict their plants then chart the growth in scientific notebook. The succulents project will open up avenues for us as a class to connect our own community building to continued scientific learning.

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

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This project will reach 50 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Shop Succulents | Premium Pastel Collection of Live Succulent Plants, Hand Selected Variety Pack of Mini Succulents | Collection of 64 • Amazon Business $109.99 1 $109.99
Hoffman 10410 Organic Cactus and Succulent Soil Mix, 10 Quarts • Amazon Business $16.70 4 $66.80
Tcamp 36 Pcs Terracotta Pot Clay Pots Clay Ceramic Pottery Planter Cactus Flower Pots Succulent Pot Drainage Hole- Great for Plants,Crafts,Wedding Favor Indoor/Outdoor Plant Crafts • Amazon Business $24.99 2 $49.98
Apple Barrel PROMOABI, Assorted Colors 1 • Amazon Business $24.49 2 $48.98
IKEA.. 403.941.18 Vattenkrasse Watering Can, Ivory, Gold • Amazon Business $17.36 1 $17.36
Acrylic Paint Brush Set, 5 Packs / 50 pcs Nylon Hair Brushes for All Purpose Oil Watercolor Painting Artist Professional Kits • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99

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