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Ms. Stewart from Oakland CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Ecosystem Understanding for 6th Graders

The cost of the ecosystem materials required for this proposal is $305, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

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In this project, the goal is that students will gain an understanding of what an ecosystem is and the role that humans play in ecosystems. The specific objectives are: Students will be able to define the term ecosystem as a working unit made up of organisms interacting with each other and with nonliving factors. More specifically for this lesson, an ecosystem will be a 2-liter bottle filled with sand, gravel, an Elodea plant, water, fish, fish food, and sunlight. Students will be able to discuss ecosystems in their surroundings. Students will be able to create their own ecosystem, with given materials, in a bottle. The materials required for this project are: * 2-liter bottle * sand * aquatic plants (Elodea) * gravel * scissors * ruler * water * fish (1 small goldfish or guppy per student) * fish food * paper * writing utensils * for the station activity: aquarium, plant with worm, bottle of nail polish, and a moldy sandwich This project will be a huge help in leading my 6th grade math/science students to an understanding of ecosystems, and will give them an exciting and educational project in which to utilize what they have learned. It will also be a chance to correlate what they have learned in school with their real-world and show them the importance of education.

Ms. Stewart
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 65 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ELODEA PK/50 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $15.50 1 $15.50
LIVE - GOLDFISH, 12/PK • Sargent Welch $13.29 6 $79.74
ELODEA PK/25 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $9.25 1 $9.25
SAND WHITE FINE, 2.5KG • Sargent Welch $7.60 6 $45.60
SCISSORS,8 STRAIGHT -- Fiskars 8" Straight Handle Shears • Quill Corporation $7.10 1 $7.10
AQUARIUM TERRARIUM 1/2GAL • Carolina Biological Supply Company $5.00 1 $5.00
GOLDFISH FOOD • Carolina Biological Supply Company $3.00 4 $12.00
GRAVEL AQUARIUM 10LB • Nasco $2.50 5 $12.50
12 WOODEN RULER W/METAL STRAIGHT EDGE,INCH & METRIC SCALE -- School Rulers; 12" Wood with Binder Holes • Quill Corporation $0.30 15 $4.50

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