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Mrs. Hansen from Santa Rosa CA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

So, We Are All Made Up of What? Discovering Cell Structure

My students need a microscope in order to identify all the basic structures of the body cell and plant cell.

  • $473 goal

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My Students

Do you remember the first time you got to look into a microscope and discover what the building blocks of life actually looked like? I do, and, from that moment on, I was fascinated by science. My fifth graders will be amazed when they finally get to discover these scientific wonders!

My students come from a migrant community in California.

The majority (about 95%) of students in the school are second language learners. The school they get to attend everyday sets high standards and supports each and every student in reaching these expectations, regardless of their language ability, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background. That being said, our school is in in a very low socioeconomic community, where most people who live in it are field laborers. Therefore, the school is lacking in some of the more high tech aspects of a school in a wealthier neighborhood. Our school does have a computer lab, but it is lacking a science lab. In fact, due to our schools' current Program Improvement status, science is often being neglected altogether. I hope to change this within my classroom. My students are bright and they love to challenge themselves and discover new things. Science will inspire them and lead them to further grow, explore, and discover the wonders of our world.

My Project

In fifth grade, the human body and cell structures are key learning standards. As of right now, the students in my class learn all of the information out of a book. Granted, we do activities and projects with these topics, however nothing compares to being able to look down the eyepiece of a microscope and discover an actual human cell. With a microscope, the students will see the nucleus and how it really looks, not just the purple dot in the book. They will identify the mitochondria and know that they are the tiny energy factories of life. These real life experiences will change the way my students think about science. It will take it from a book to reality. Something as simple as a microscope will make science tangible, not this abstract topic that others get to experience, but not them. They, for maybe the first time in their lives, get to feel like they can make a scientific difference in the world. Maybe the scientist that will cure cancer is sitting in my class, just waiting...

It sounds cliche to say that a microscope can change the world, but it has.

It has provided our world with cures and answers to life saving questions. Not only can these amazing machines change the outside world, they could change the tiny world inside one fifth grade class. My students will know that somebody out there cared enough for them to supply them with this amazing, educational tool. They will learn, they will grow, they will explore, all because you chose to help.

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Mrs. Hansen
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Microscope Coaxial To 1000X • Sargent-Welch $330.98 1 $330.98

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