I tell my students, "I hope by the end of this school year that you learn to appreciate the universe that exists around us." My class focuses on students figuring out how things work in science through hands-on activities and investigations. This approach to science teaching allows my students to ask questions, design solutions, and explain how things work at a deeper level.
My students are 8th graders who are full of natural curiosity and wonder.
They are eager to learn new things and are fascinated by learning about science. My school has students from a wide range of incomes, including a growing population of low-income students. The low-income students are surrounded by students who have things that they do not have.
Our classroom has a river ecosystem tank, but no plants or animals to go in it. The fish and plants that are part of this request will live in a classroom aquarium for students to view and care for a river ecosystem. They will learn how plants and animals depend on each other and how ecosystems thrive based on the organisms that live within them. Having animals and plants in the classroom benefits students not only by allowing them to experience what they are learning about, but the social-emotional benefits of having a fish tank will help reduce student stress and anxiety.
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