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Mrs. G. from Chicago IL is requesting a class trip through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Young Scientists Explore Mammals

The cost of a trip to the pet store to purchase supplies for animal habitats and books to teach students about animals is $1313, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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Wouldn't it be great if children from a low-income inner-city school could become real scientists? Not just study science but become scientists who explore, discover, learn and teach about animals (specifically mammals). Many of my students do not have pets, nor do they know much about animals. We also live in a time where violence is common place. I've witnessed students as young as 8 and 9 years of age taunt and mistreat stray animals on the street. These children have not had the experience of learning about and caring for another living creature. I want to catch my young 2nd graders early and help them develop an understanding and appreciation for animals. I want them to develop empathy for animals so that they will never mistreat them. I also want them to become experts, so that they may teach others how they should care for animals and why they should treat animals with care and kindness. I want my students to learn about animals up close and personal. They will take a field trip to a pet store, purchase three types of mammals (Hamsters, Rabbits and Guinea Pigs). Prior to the visit, the students will read non-fiction informational books about these animals and their needs. They will know what supplies they will need to prepare an appropriate habitat for them at school. The students will purchase the supplies and foods necessary to care for the animals on a daily basis. Once the animals are safely brought to our school the Young Scientist will care for the animals by feeding them, preparing and cleaning their habitat, and handling the animals to get them use to human contact. They will observe and study their behaviors as well as collect data. They will keep a daily log of their observations. They will read books about the animals and compare the information learned with the data they have collected. They will become experts about each animal. After some time the students will the become Official Young Scientists and take the animals to other classrooms. They will present the animals and teach other students about their needs, habitats, behaviors and the joy of being young scientists. I'd like to have 5 Young Scientist Lab Coats available for the students when they present the animals to the other classrooms. I would also like to have a library of resources available for those students in the other classrooms to check out after our presentations.

Mrs. G.
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Animal Kingdom Pet Store, 2980 N. Milwaukee ave. in Chicago
(Bus transportation to the Pet Store via school bus. Mammals will be purchased at the pet store ( Hamsters, Rabbit and Guinea Pig). Supplies for the animal habitats, including cages, carriers (for taking them to the classrooms during presentations) bedding, food and water containers, chew toys, salt wheels, tunnels etc. Non-fiction informational books will be purchased that provide information about these and other animals for the 'young scientists' and other primary students. These books will)
35 Students, 5 Teachers $1,025.73
LAB COAT TYVEK SMALL • Nasco $4.76 5 $23.80

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