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Mrs. Wallin from Keyport NJ is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

There's Nothing Virtual about Butterflies

Help me give my students the opportunity to view the magic of metamorphosis and nature in their own home with butterfly growth kits.

  • $1,637 goal

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My Students

As our school's unofficial motto goes, "Once a Raider, Always a Raider". Ours is a small NJ school that has more 48% of students on the free or reduced-price lunch program. Despite these odds, our students are striving for success.

Despite 48% of student enrollment in free or reduced-price lunch program, the course enrollment and success for the high school advanced science has drastically increased.

We have created a focus of courses in the health science field that allowed students to take courses such as Anatomy and Physiology, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology, and AP Biology. Since that time, the course enrollment for each of those courses has doubled.

My Project

With schools canceled, I fear that virtually teaching science can become dull and repetitive without live visuals and experiments. Without a lab setting, my students are missing out on the discovery and high interest in hands-on lab activities.

While at home, students will be able to construct, monitor, and observe one of nature's most fascinating phenomenons, butterfly metamorphosis!

If this project is successful, each student will be given a Painted Lady caterpillar sanctuary and food to support the live cycle changes of a caterpillar to butterfly.

This multi-week project will allow students the opportunity to observe the life cycles of complete metamorphosis from egg, larva, pupa, to adult. They will utilize a science journal to document the physical and behavioral changes of the butterflies. After their growth is complete, students will be able to set the butterflies free to fulfill their role as pollinators in our ecosystem.

Mrs. Wallin
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Butterflies in the Classroom Demo Kit (with live caterpillars and food) • Carolina Biological Supply Company $38.88 31 $1,205.28

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