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Ms. Gomez from Moreno Valley CA is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Can Plants Grow Without Soil? Let the Kids Find Out!

My students need to experience science that influences their daily life using microscopes, slides, and hydroponics.

  • $800 goal

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My Students

There are students up and out of their seats, huddled on the floor or in corners. There is noise throughout the classroom, students are encouraged to talk and collaborate. At any given point in the day I have students up and on the go, plus I need can't sit still for long either.

In my class we love to get our hands dirty, to the point that my room sometimes looks like a craft store blew up (just ask the custodians about the paper mache project right before the end of school).

Who knew that could get everywhere even after paper was put down to prevent the disaster that ensued). We love art using glue and scissors any chance we get (being able to use glitter is just a bonus).

What I want students to walk away from my class every year with is the love, compassion, and understanding for this environment in which they live, feeling it is okay to ask why and to find out, and no matter what they must always try. My kids a special each and every one and I am so grateful for having the opportunity of being their teacher.

My Project

Every year I do something with plants with the students in science. My class has done things such as: What if anything would happen to a pine cone when its wet and dry? Can plants survive using different liquids (soap, orange, milk…)? What might happen with different color water to flowers? Light, and water, which combination is need to survive? Growing bean in a bag, what is happening?

This year help students take their life science experience a step further by helping us examine how plants can grow without soil, view root growth, and see for the first time how a microscope works and what roots of vegetables look like under it.

We will first set up and use the hydroponic kits, so that students will be able to view grow of the plants. Students are responsible for measuring root length and taking various observation down in their scientific journal. We will also compare it to ones growing in soil at the same time these ones start to grow.

As that is taking place students will get exposed to what root cells look like under a microscope. Student have never used a microscope. They will draw a few cells and eventually we will look at the cells of the roots they are growing to see similarities.

Students will get a kick using a microscope and seeing that what’s on the outside is only the beginning of what makes up life, they get to see cells. These materials for the class are perfect because not only do I want students excited about science, but I want them to know the workings around them.

Ms. Gomez
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Plant Light Bank • Carolina Biological Supply Company $206.95 1 $206.95
Visual Desktop Hydroponics Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $89.77 2 $179.54
My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope • Carolina Biological Supply Company $81.45 1 $81.45
Root Microscope Slide Set • Carolina Biological Supply Company $70.20 1 $70.20

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