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Mrs. Weetman from Livermore CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Biodiversity in Pond Ecosystems: Up Close and Personal With Protozoa

Help me give my students an in-depth and hands-on opportunity to study pond ecosystems in our science classroom.

  • $310 goal

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My Students

My students come from very diverse backgrounds with varying degrees of the world experience. They speak different languages, share unique cultures, and many of them are socioeconomically challenged. There is an atmosphere of sharing and learning from each other that permeates our school community.

The students are eager, curious, and inquisitive - everything you want in budding scientists or engineers!

They always come to the science lab classroom ready to learn something new. There is just something about seeing the light of future possibility in their eyes that pushes me to find new and meaningful learning experiences for them. Watching my students work hard to gain the knowledge they need to master science and engineering skills, often without the appropriate tools, is inspirational.

My Project

Investigating Pond Organisms is a life science interactive video explaining the aquatic organisms like goldfish, tadpole, snail, crayfish and a human diver. It allows students to view, analyze and record their observations. Designed for grade 1 to 3, this program is adaptable to all grade levels and will be a strong resource for years to come.

With these materials, students will learn to compare the biodiversity of pond microorganisms and how they fill a niche in a larger living world.

In addition, with the Creature Seeker Pond inquiry-based student kit, students will use microscopes and photographic keys to identify creatures in the water, relate organisms found to the health of the ecosystem, keep records of their results, and so much more.

Mrs. Weetman
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 180 students.

2 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
INV POND ORG THRU VIDEO GR 1-3 INDI • School Specialty $73.12 1 $73.12
Creature Seeker Pond Student Kit • Nasco $69.95 1 $69.95
BioQuest Protozoa Discovery Kit • Nasco $49.95 1 $49.95

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