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Ms. Sweet from Costa Mesa CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Science Critter Exploration

Help me give my students a first hand experience with habitats and life cycles when they come to the science lab. The bird feeders fish tank and ant farm will give them a hands on learning experience.

  • $449 goal

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My Students

Our elementary school does an excellent job of providing an education and many opportunities for students who live in a lower socioeconomic demographic. At our elementary school, a majority of the students are second language learners; their primary language is Spanish. Our elementary school gives these students the opportunity to obtain an education. In most families, these students are the first generation to go to school. Around 90% of the students at our elementary school receive free or reduced price lunch.

My Project

The Science Critter Exploration will provide the students with the opportunity to engage with the curriculum in more hands-on manner. In our science lab, students will participate in lessons about habitats and life cycles. Fish, ants, ladybugs and birds are amongst the critters students can select from while participating in this project.

They will choose critters based on their research of local habitats and environmental factors.

Students will work in small groups to cultivate and care for their organisms. They will collect and analyze their data to discover variables that affect their insect or animal. Students will then choose how they will display their findings through different medium options (i.e. Google Slides, videos, QR codes, drawings, display boards etc.). Students will showcase their learning at the school’s STREAM (Science Technology Reading Engineering Arts Math) night at the end of the school year.

By participating in the Science Critter Exploration, students will get an hands-on experience to apply their learning across all subject areas and in the science lab. They will have the opportunity to choose what they are interested in investigating which promotes student engagement.

Ms. Sweet
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Tetra Aquarium 20 Gallon Fish Tank Kit, Includes LED Lighting and Decor • Amazon Business $98.06 1 $98.06
EveryWell Light-up Ant Farm, Educational & Learning Nature Science Kit with Eatable Clear Colorful Gel Nutrition, Study Behavior of Ants & Ecosystem(Live Ants Not Included) (Blue) • Amazon Business $26.99 2 $53.98
Tetra Whisper ATS26170 Assembled BioBag Filter Cartridges, Large 6 Count • Amazon Business $17.48 3 $52.44
Window Bird Feeder with Strong Suction Cups and Seed Tray, Outdoor Birdfeeders for Wild Birds, Finch, Cardinal, and Bluebird. Large Outside Hanging Birdhouse Kits, Drain Holes, 3 Extra Suction Cups • Amazon Business $25.00 2 $50.00
Insect Lore Original Ladybug Land with Voucher • Amazon Business $19.83 2 $39.66
Pennington Pride Waste Free Blend Wild Bird Seed • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99

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