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Ms. Ploutz from Greenwood IN is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Very Hungry Caterpillars to Beautiful Butterflies!

Help me give my students the opportunity to watch Painted Lady caterpillars metamorphize into beautiful butterflies!

  • $201 goal

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My Students

This is my fifteenth year in education, it has been full of new challenges. When we left on a normal Thursday afternoon in March, none of us knew it would be our last day together. I never got a chance to give my students a goodbye hug or supplies needed for Remote Learning. The year is not over yet and I want to give my students supplies that will allow them to continue to be excited about learning.

My students and I have embarked on this journey of Remote Learning!

They are actively engaging in online platforms and learning new things. My students and I participate in virtual meetings and check-in with each other. My second-grade team is all recording lessons for students to view at home at a time that works for their family. I am SO proud of my kiddos and all of their hard work during these unprecedented times. I am amazed at my families' willingness to try new things dedication to education.

My Project

The world is an exciting place full of intriguing creatures great and small. I would like to bring learning to life by giving all the second graders in my elementary school the opportunity to watch caterpillars eat, grown, and go through metamorphosis!

Caterpillars go through many changes, just like our students have had many changes in this switch to Remote Learning.

We normally start the year by learning about butterflies, their metamorphosis, and migration. We are going to continue this unique learning experience despite the distance between us. We are going to have the caterpillars take center stage when we are in our classrooms, so the students will be able to observe them closely. This exciting learning opportunity allows us to do a lot in Writer's Workshop. Students are able to build similar background knowledge on a topic, which allows for confident writers. Depending on how our year begins, in-class or remotely, the second-grade teachers are preparing to post live streams, host live virtual lessons, and record videos of the caterpillars as they grow and change. The second-grade teachers are trying to prepare for every possible.

Even if the doors are closed, school will be in session, and second-grade will be filled with fun learning opportunities with your help!

Ms. Ploutz
Grades PreK-2
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Butterfly Cottage Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $21.55 3 $64.65
Painted Lady Butterfly 5-Larvae Culture, Living • Carolina Biological Supply Company $15.75 3 $47.25

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