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Ms. Carcione from Brooklyn NY is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

The Housing Crisis: Class Pet Addition

My students need this deluxe butterfly habitat to house their insect pets as they learn all about life cycles and metamorphosis this spring!

  • $225 goal

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My Students

My students are fun-loving, enthusiastic scientists ready to take their learning to new levels! Our population is made up of a diverse group of learners from Brooklyn, NY, including ENL students and special education students.

My goal is to continue multi-modal, project-based learning in my classroom, where my students perform their own scientific research, build models, innovate solutions to the world's most pressing problems, and use their knowledge of coding to enhance their presentations.

My students are some of the most creative young minds I have ever met, and are always ecstatic at the start of any new project I introduce to them. It is most important that my students understand how to apply what they are learning in the classroom to the real world, and so we analyze case studies after each unit (for example, analyzing Hurricane Sandy during our Weather and Atmosphere unit, or The Fukashima meltdown during our Nuclear Power unit) and then conduct research on their own in order to evaluate where our curriculum fits into the real world.

My Project

*BUTTERFLIES SEEKING SPACIOUS, RENT-FREE APARTMENT WITH AMPLE ROOM TO FLY AND ADEQUATE LIGHTING* My students have been desperately pleading for a class pet, and I can't help but remember my own classroom butterflies when I was in middle school. The fascination I had with them was one of the reasons I grew up to become an entomologist. I also figure, what better way to learn about insect life cycles and metamorphosis than to watch it live and in the flesh! These pets will provide the hands-on learning my students love and learn best from. Unfortunately, we have a bit of a housing crisis on our hands.

This deluxe butterfly kit, which includes live plants, will provide our critters with a luxury, spacious studio-style home with ample lighting and panoramic views of our classroom.

Students will be able to observe the behaviors of these beautiful and colorful creatures as they fly about their interior-decorated, rent-free dwelling, all while watching the process of metamorphosis from start to finish. The kit comes with newborn baby caterpillars which we will watch grow before releasing them into the wild during our field day this June. Hopefully, my students will also catch a glimpse of them making their chrysalis and emerging from it soon after! This habitat will be used for years to come to house all of our future our insect tenants.

Ms. Carcione
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Deluxe Butterfly Habitat Complete Kit (with prepaid coupon) • Carolina Biological Supply Company $143.95 1 $143.95

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