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Ms. B. from Chicago IL is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Kindergarten Freshwater Ecosystem Explorers

The cost of aquarium supplies such as a tank, plants, gravel, air pump, and more from various vendors is $755, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $774 goal

This project expired on August 11, 2006.

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I am hoping to receive funds for a 20 gallon freshwater ecosystem for my Kindergarten class. The students will be involved in the entire set-up process, from the cycling of the tank, to the introduction of freshwater plants and fish. We will conduct online research to determine which plants and fish can live together, and the class will vote on new tank inhabitants! The students will take turns serving as our "Plant and Pet Monitor" helping to clean the tank, measure plant growth, and feed the fish. Each student also will produce an aquarium journal with sketches of the evolving ecosystem, notes on temperature, water change and plant growth, and writings on their favorite tank inhabitants. There are several benefits of this proposal.... 1. This will be a year-long, hands-on science project demonstrating what an ecosystem is, and how delicate it is to maintain. This experience will also be connected to larger environmental issues, and the importance of taking care of the earth. 2. It will give the students a sense of responsibility both inside and outside of the classroom. 3. It will greatly enhance our classroom environment. 4. At the end of the year, the children will vote on a charitable organization to donate the aquarium as their class gift (such as an orphanage, children's shelter, or children's hospital). The bulk of the materials will lay the foundation for next year's project with a new class.

Ms. B.
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 25 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ECLIPSE II WITH 20 GAL TANK • Carolina Biological Supply Company $179.00 1 $179.00
DSM III Observing an Aquarium - Upgrade • Delta Education $172.00 1 $172.00
STAND, AQUARIUM 20 GAL • Carolina Biological Supply Company $69.95 1 $69.95
STEALTH SUBMERSIBLE AQU.HEATER • Carolina Biological Supply Company $23.60 1 $23.60
AQUA GLOVES • Carolina Biological Supply Company $20.95 1 $20.95
BATTERY-VAC • Carolina Biological Supply Company $17.95 1 $17.95
BATTERY POWERED AIR PUMP • Carolina Biological Supply Company $13.50 1 $13.50
FIRST LAYER PURE LATERITE • Carolina Biological Supply Company $11.95 1 $11.95
GRAVEL CLEANER • Carolina Biological Supply Company $8.25 1 $8.25
LEAF ZONE AQUAR PLANT FERT • Carolina Biological Supply Company $7.25 1 $7.25
ALGAE REMOVER PAD 18IN HANDLE • Carolina Biological Supply Company $5.50 1 $5.50
LCD THERMOMETER • Carolina Biological Supply Company $3.50 1 $3.50
STRESS COAT • Carolina Biological Supply Company $3.25 1 $3.25
GRAVEL AQUARIUM 10LB • Nasco $2.50 2 $5.00
AMQUEL AMMN&CHLRMN RMVR 1OZ • Carolina Biological Supply Company $2.00 1 $2.00
AIRLINE TUBING • Carolina Biological Supply Company $1.95 1 $1.95
FISH NET NYLON 6IN • Nasco $1.48 1 $1.48

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