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  • $457 goal

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Mr. Fleming
Grades PreK-2
  • Windsor Preparatory Academy
  • St Petersburg, FL
Half of students from low‑income households
  • 8 donors
  • $0 still needed

Dissection Supplies

My students need a dissection microscope and an owl pellet kit for their science center.

My Students

My class is fascinated by nature. I would like to encourage their fascination by providing them with a peek at the world of magnification. What is more exciting to kids than dissecting owl pellets and viewing them magnified in 3D?

My students come from diverse backgrounds.

They work together in groups well and they help each other learn. They encourage each other on a daily basis with words like, "I knew you could do it!" and "Way to go!" They love learning beyond the curriculum. Our school is centered around a hands-on approach which allows for opportunities like this one to generate a love for nature and science. It is operating on only its second year, so teaching supplies are limited.

My Project

The students will start their exploration by dissecting owl pellets. These are sterilized regurgitated hairballs from what the owl just ate. Inside, they will find hair and bones of rats, mice, etc. After learning about the diet of predatory birds and piecing some of the bones together, they will be able to use the stereo microscope to analyze the contents. Stereo microscopes, I have found, are easier for elementary students to use than compound microscopes. Specimens are viewed from above and do not have to be sliced or manipulated to fit on a slide. The students also love that they can see the objects in 3D. This stereo microscope will also be used to view an insect's eyes, the "hair" on a leaf, and even the fine print on a dollar bill.

These products will provide an experience that students can never have otherwise.

I don't want to just provide a worksheet experience in the classroom, but a hands-on approach to learning. When students love learning, it encourages them to go above and beyond. These materials will instill a love of science that they will remember for the rest of their life.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wolfe Intermediate Cordless Stereomicrscope, 20x and 40x Magnification • Carolina Biological Supply Company $255.55 1 $255.55
Owl Pellet Study Classroom Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $65.55 1 $65.55

Materials cost

$321.10

Vendor shipping charges

$32.11

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.82

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$388.03

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$68.48

Total project goal

$456.51

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$456.51

6 Donors

-$170.45

Donations toward project cost

-$152.25

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$18.20

Matching donations from our partners

-$277.39

Match offers toward project cost

-$235.78

Match offers to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$41.61

Excluded support for DonorsChoose

-$8.67

Still needed View calculationHide calculation

$0.00

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8 donors8 donors have given to this project.

This project will reach 75 students.

Project Activity

This classroom project was brought to life by Kia Motors America and 7 other donors.

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