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Mr. Gaskill from Las Vegas NV is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Plant Investigations Year-Round!

My students need a sturdy greenhouse with shelving and seeds, including Wisconsin Fast Plant seeds, to conduct simple to advanced investigations into photosynthesis, plant growth and reproduction, and genetics throughout the year.

  • $1,344 goal

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My Students

Students come to Knudson Middle School from a variety of backgrounds and interests. We are an urban, Title I school, with high numbers of English language learners and students who qualify for free or reduced school lunch. We are also the oldest magnet middle school for the arts in the Clark County School District. Our students come to us from across the valley to study clarinet, dance, violin, choir, video production, mariachi, ballet folklorico, and more!

Our students excel in science as well as in the arts!

We have won second place for the last two years in a row in the Southern Nevada Model Bridge Building Competition at UNLV. And our students' Science CRT scores consistently score among the top five magnet schools in the district, performing better than many of the STEM-themed magnet schools.

My Project

Greenhouses allow students to investigate plant science all year. At our school, having a Palram Greenhouse with economical shelving would enable our seventh grade students to investigate photosynthesis in the Fall. Eighth grade students would use the greenhouse to investigate genetics in the Winter. Sixth grade students to investigate plant reproduction in the Spring.

Kids love growing plants, and urban students benefit especially from the experience.

We'll use vegetables and herbs with with sixth and seventh graders for simple investigations into photosynthesis, growth and reproduction. Students will then use Wisconsin Fast Plants for more advanced genetics experiments in eighth grade. While Wisconsin Fast Plants are more expensive, they are the standard for genetics experiments because they grow quickly and exhibit a variety of traits, allowing students to conduct multiple cross-breeding experiments in a single unit.

Mr. Gaskill
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Palram Nature Series Mythos Hobby Greenhouse - 6' x 6' x 7'- Silver • Amazon Business $442.55 1 $442.55
Exploring Variation with Wisconsin Fast Plants Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $47.65 6 $285.90
AmazonBasics 4-Shelf Shelving Unit - Black • Amazon Business $40.93 5 $204.65
Seed Starter Peat Pots Kit | Germination Seedling Trays are Biodegradable and Organic | 10 Plastic Plant Markers Included | 5 Pack - 50 Cells • Amazon Business $8.99 3 $26.97
6,600+ Heirloom Seeds, 15 Variety Seed Collection, Instant Garden - Non GMO Heirloom Vegetable Garden Seeds for Planting (Collection Only) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
10 Variety, 2,700+ Heirloom Seeds, Culinary Herb Seed Collection - 100% NON GMO Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Lavender, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme Herb Seeds by Sustainable Seed • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99

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