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Mrs. Miller from Sioux Falls SD is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Terrariums - Tiny Earths

My students need clear plastic reusable containers, planting soil, and grass seed to create terrariums in their earth science class.

  • $190 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world."

-- Louis Pasteur

Science is often one of my students favorite classes. We try to bring in activities and labs to not only teach students concepts but to also help ignite their love of science!

My middle school has a high level of poverty and diversity. My students each have their own story; some heart-warming and some heart-breaking. Although my students often come to me with gaps in their learning and skills below grade level, my goal is to use science to strengthen their skills. This is not an easy task with students with such variety in their backgrounds and previous experiences.

My approach is to not only use reading and visuals (pictures, movies, interactive media, etc.) but also hands-on approaches to reach each student. The hands-on approach helps students experience the science and make personal connections.

I love seeing the light bulb go off when students make a connection or a concept finally clicks for them. The goal for this project is to kick the year off with a bang and get them excited to study Earth and all of its systems.

My Project

My students will use the terrariums as they study earth's four major spheres (geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere) and the interactions between the systems. This project will be one of the ways students are introduced to Earth Science, their focus for the year.

Students will use the soil and grass seed to create a terrarium inside the plastic bowl.

The soil will represent the geosphere. The seeds and grass will represent the biosphere. The air inside the container will represent the atmosphere. The water added to the soil when the seed is planted will represent the hydrosphere.

Students will learn about each sphere and how each one interacts with the others. For example, as the grass grows, water vapor is released and will condense on the inside of the container. This is a step in the water cycle called transpiration which shows how the hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere all interact. Students could just read about the spheres or could look at pictures. But our hope is that the hands on approach will help deepen students' understanding.

Mrs. Miller
Grades 6-8
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Miracle Gro Indoor Potting Mix 72776430 6 Quart • Amazon Business $11.91 4 $47.64
Plastic Food Storage Containers with lids - Foodsavers Deli Cups / Foodsavers for Portion Control & Miscellaneous - Commercial Duty, Watertight & Leakproof (16oz, 50pcs) • Amazon Business $14.99 3 $44.97
Jonathan Green 10820 Fast Grow Grass Seed Mix, 3 Pounds • Amazon Business $15.00 2 $30.00

Materials cost

$122.61

Vendor shipping charges

FREE

State sales tax

$6.74

3rd party payment processing fee

$1.84

Fulfillment labor & materials

$30.00

Total project cost

$161.19

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$28.45

Total project goal

$189.64

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$189.64

2 Donors

-$189.64

Donations toward project cost

-$161.19

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$28.45

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$0.00

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