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Ms. D. from Chicago IL is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Savvy Leeuwonhoeks of the 21st Century

My students need lab supplies including pH paper, microscope slides and cover slips, and wall posters to support science curriculum in two units: acids and bases as well as a unit on cellular structure and function for the purpose of using a microscope to discover the cell, meiosis and mitosis.

  • $430 goal

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Currently, I teach middle school (6th, 7th, and 8th grade) science to African-American at-risk students who live in an impoverished urban community in the inner city.

Teaching science is extremely challenging when lab supplies are scarce. I am in the process of building a science curriculum in which I am able to provide hands-on learning opportunities on a continuum, but supplies are a necessity to be successful. The students are suffering because they are not being challenged daily due to the fact that they are not able to make wet mount slides (using plastic slides and coverslips) and look at prepared slides which capture mitosis and meiosis.

I need materials which support the inquiry units to be taught on "Distinguishing between Acids and Bases" as well as "Cell Structure and Function", including Meiosis and Mitosis (wet mount and prepared slides). Students will develop a deeper understanding and interest in science, and looking forward to coming to science class everyday - excited about the learning taking place. In addition, they will retain more scientific knowledge which ensures their preparedness as they transition into college.

Your assistance with this project will maximize student opportunities for collaborative groups, hands-on learning in science, and ensure preparedness for the ISAT science test and high school. In addition, my students will make connections in science to real life situations and daily experiences that will surely positively impact their retention and build knowledge that they will carry with them for a lifetime.

Ms. D.
Grades 6-8
  • Fiske Elementary School
  • Chicago, IL
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 110 students.

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Mitosis Cell Division Chart • Carolina Biological Supply Company $22.46 1 $22.46
Building Blocks of Science Understanding Cells and DNA Unit Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $149.36 1 $149.36
Typical Animal and Plant Cells Slide Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $33.48 1 $33.48
Lens Paper Booklet 4 x 6 in 50 Sheets • Carolina Biological Supply Company $1.04 10 $10.40
Meiosis Cell Division Chart • Carolina Biological Supply Company $22.46 1 $22.46
Microscope Slides Plastic 3 x 1 in Bx 144 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $10.31 2 $20.62
Coverslips Plastic 22 x 22 mm Thickness 0 17 0 25 mm Bx 100 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $3.29 2 $6.58
Coverslips Plastic 18 x 18 mm Thickness 0 17 0 25 mm Bx 100 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $3.20 2 $6.40
Litmus Paper Strips Litmus Red Pack 1 200 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $8.96 2 $17.92
Litmus Paper Strips Litmus Blue Pack 1 200 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $8.96 2 $17.92

Materials cost

$307.60

Vendor shipping charges

$30.76

State sales tax

$0.00

3rd party payment processing fee

$4.61

Fulfillment labor & materials

$9.00

Total project cost

$351.98

Suggested donation to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

$77.26

Total project goal

$429.24

How we calculate what's needed

Total project goal

$429.24

1 Donor

-$429.24

Donations toward project cost

-$351.98

Donations to help DonorsChoose reach more classrooms

-$77.26

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$0.00

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