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Ms. C. from Houston TX is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We Love Critters!

My students need a 20 gallon aquarium, and live specimens, like soil organisms and butterflies, to observe within the classroom for our Life Science curriculum.

  • $502 goal

This project expired on July 14, 2011.

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My Students

Life science appears to be the general favorite at our school. Students are given the opportunity to study living organisms and do hands-on investigations of plants, animals, and human beings. They need to witness the life cycle up front, rather than read about it in outdated textbooks.

My students are wonderful!

Although the school is located in a very low socioeconomic community and the students speak English mostly as a second language, you would never know they are struggling readers because their faces light up when they come into science class. They look forward to our new investigations and conversations about planet earth. Unfortunately, due to 80% of the entire fourth grade students being pulled out for reading and math intervention, too much of our science instructional time is stolen. Therefore, when we are in class, I do my best to make each lesson, not only effective, but also enjoyable. Before I can open my mouth to say, "You'll need your notebook," many of them have already opened their notebooks to the next blank page. Everyone of them is capable of becoming the next great scientist. They just need the right resources to get them there.

My Project

I am requesting a 20 gallon freshwater aquarium,live butterflies, aquatic plants, and resource books about fish and amphibians. It would help the students greatly if their science room appeared more like a science laboratory than a classroom with science "stuff". Having live specimens in the room would help because they would be able to chart and document the growth of the fish and witness the life cycle of butterflies. Hands-on experiences are rarely, if ever, forgotten.

Children who have pets exhibit numerous benefits as compared to those without pets.

First, classroom pets help teach children how to care for something other than themselves. Second, pets not only teach responsibility, but also lessons about life, including reproduction, illness, and even death. Finally, having pets can help students develop positive and trusting relationships with others.

Ms. C.
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 55 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Freshwater Aquarium Kit 20 Gallon • Sargent-Welch $211.50 1 $211.50
Book-Golden Guide: Fishes • Sargent-Welch $9.27 1 $9.27
Fish and Amphibians • Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. $29.95 1 $29.95
Live Butterfly 30/Pack • Sargent-Welch $40.09 1 $40.09
Live - Aquaria Plants For 15 Gallon • Sargent-Welch $26.29 1 $26.29
Kit - Soil Organism Study • Sargent-Welch $67.46 1 $67.46

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