The third grade science class at Mackay Elementary has a unique chance to explore the life cycles of plants and animals. Instead of only seeing food chains explained through illustrations and textbooks, these students will explore science with a hands on approach. To help fund the purchase of the materials needed, teacher Mrs. Hoover applied for a $541.50 grant from the Idaho CapEd Foundation.

These funds will allow Mrs. Hoover to purchase materials that the children will use to study, including owl pellets for dissection, a worm farm, painted lady butterflies, and more. The owl pellet project will help students learn the difference between vertebrate and invertebrate animals. They will be able to watch as butterfly larvae progress through the stages of metamorphosis. The silk worm life cycle will allow them to compare similarities between the worms and butterflies.

Lessons enhanced by these hands-on projects will make lasting impressions upon my students that will provide a basis for the twelve scientific processes. Mrs. Hoover

By examining the food chain, life cycles and metamorphosis of these animals, students will gain a much deeper knowledge of life science. Mrs. Hoover believes strongly in her students and that this project will build the foundation for their coming years of science studies.


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