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Ms. Livingstone from Durham NC is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

A Microscope: Now We See It!

My students need a dissecting stereo microscope.

  • $520 goal

This project expired on March 2, 2011.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Help us explore our world from a different perspective! A dissecting microscope will allow us to examine larger specimens, such as ants, leaves, and molds. My students will develop their science vocabulary as they read, write and talk about what they see.

My urban middle school students, ages 11 to 15, begin the year reading years below grade level.

Many are English Language Learners; most have struggled in school for years. We spend several years together in our multi-grade language arts classroom, building reading and vocabulary skills, as we explore new topics together. Science themes, from fire ants to carnivorous plants, have been especially successful at hooking my students on reading.

My Project

Our school is in an older building with many leaks. The damp encourages the mold, which creeps across the ceiling and walls of our classroom and has drawn the attention of my students. We will be reading a collection of books about molds and other fungi. A dissecting microscope will allow us to examine specimens collected on school grounds and inside the building. My students will also bring in objects from home to examine with the microscope. Many natural objects acquire a new and special beauty when observed through the lens of a microscope; this fresh perspective will inspire my students to use new language as they write and talk about what they see.

A dissecting microscope will allow us to closely examine a fire ant's head and the trigger hairs of a Venus flytrap.

The excitement of real specimens will bring so much color to the reading and writing that we do. Please help me keep my students curious about the world and actively engaged in understanding more!

Ms. Livingstone
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 65 students.

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Wolfe Intermediate Stereomicroscope, Dual Magnification 20x, 40x • Carolina Biological Supply Company $341.05 1 $341.05

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