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Ms. Bosco from Louisville KY is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

LIVE Discovery Lab/ Zoo Crew Club

My students need to be exposed to live animals and insects in an environment that allows them to explore, inquire, appreciate and care for them.

  • $1,066 goal

This project expired on March 5, 2012.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"Not all is doom and gloom. We are beginning to understand the natural world and are gaining a reverence for life - all life."-Roger Tory Peterson Our hope is that by providing students regular opportunities to learn about and care for some earthly creatures, and that they will become environmental stewards.

Our school is an urban, Title I elementary in a low-economic area of town.

Most students do not have pets nor many opportunities to interact with nature. (Although our 3rd/4th graders have participated in a city-funded, year-long environmental education program for the last three years). We strive to provide during and before/after school opportunities for students in K-5 to learn more about nature, specifically the plants, organisms and creatures that make up healthy, diverse ecosystems. As an International Baccalaureate PYP school, all students are involved in units of inquiry yearly that directly pertain to the sciences; the transdisciplinary themes of How the World Works and Sharing the Planet are two of the six 5-week units that all students participate in year that are aligned to the state core content standards.

My Project

Science textbooks do not advance learning as much as real hands-on experiences do. The resources that we are requesting are to enhance our Discovery Lab that has limited live animals at present time-just a few anoles, beetles and crayfish. We would like to add more: hermit crabs, a river tank (with fish and amphibians), frogs, and ants (to our currently empty ant farm); and of course, raise our own feeder crickets. The goal is to create a room that houses many, many live creatures so that classes may come to do observations and inquiry lessons on a regular basis now that we do not have an itinerant Science Teacher. Moreover, a before/after school Zoo Crew will be responsible in maintaining the room and tending to the feeding and maintenance of bedding and habitats. All students will not only be able to participate in life science lessons, but they also will develop an appreciation for the natural world. The Discovery Lab will be a way for students to make connections about their learning.

As an International Baccalaureate school, our mission is to develop internationally-minded students in pursuit of knowledge as they assume responsibility in shaping their community.

We foster acceptance, tolerance, & empathy for people of other cultures and languages; we also want our students to be global citizens creating a better world for all creatures, great and small, and to be aware of their impact on our Earth.

Ms. Bosco
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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8 donors8 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 480 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ants, Living, Unit 100-200 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $29.45 1 $29.45
Land Hermit Crab Terrarium Habitat Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $110.15 1 $110.15
Chick Life Cycle Exploration Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $38.00 1 $38.00
River Tank Ecosystem, 20-gallon complete • Carolina Biological Supply Company $289.75 1 $289.75
River Tank Plant Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $53.67 1 $53.67
River Tank Animal Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $59.37 1 $59.37
River Tank Accessory Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $68.16 1 $68.16
River Tank Lesson Plans • Carolina Biological Supply Company $17.05 1 $17.05
Aquatic Buddies Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $22.80 1 $22.80
Brassica Butterfly Rearing System • Carolina Biological Supply Company $40.37 1 $40.37
Hermit Crab Food, 250 g • Carolina Biological Supply Company $6.89 1 $6.89
House Cricket (Acheta domesticus), Nymphs, Pack of 100 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $25.89 1 $25.89
House Cricket (Acheta domesticus) Food, 250 g • Carolina Biological Supply Company $6.17 1 $6.17
Feeding Block, 7-Day Fish Feeder • Carolina Biological Supply Company $4.27 3 $12.81

Materials cost

$780.53

Vendor shipping charges

$78.05

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$11.71

Fulfillment labor & materials

$35.00

Total project cost

$905.29

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$159.76

Total project goal

$1,065.05

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$1,065.05

7 Donors

-$522.82

Donations toward project cost

-$452.65

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$70.17

match offer

-$532.52

Match offer toward project cost

-$452.64

Match offer to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$79.88

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$9.71

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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