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Mrs. DeCuir from Canoga Park CA is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

We're More Than Meets the Eye! Microscopes Will Prove It!

My students need microscopes and plant specimens to further their understanding of the idea that there is a scientific world beyond what the eye can see.

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My Students

Amazing! That would be the word I would use to describe my students. I have been lucky enough to join this group of students on their journey through both first and second grades. It has been the highlight of my 17 years of teaching! We have a great sense of community in our class with parents and students pitching in to ensure the success of all students.

My students are inquisitive often making their own discoveries and initiating their own learning through hands-on experiences.

They enjoy group work and initiating their own learning. Their love of reading is evident as they are always asking to add new books to the classroom library. They enjoy sharing their thinking and explaining their reasoning in solving problems to their classmates. This group is helpful, thoughtful, kind, and caring.

Most of my students come from homes that qualify as low income and are English Language Learners. With many parents working multiple jobs and struggling to make ends meet, many students haven't experienced life beyond our local community. Despite these disadvantages, most have reclassified as English Proficient, will be classified as gifted and are mastering the Common Core Standards.

My Project

At the beginning of the school year, I surveyed my students asking them what they wanted to do most this year. Their overwhelming response was more science experiments! I've already integrated more hands-on Science experiences in to my curriculum with projects like building models of mountains to see how rivers form and making seed models to demonstrate seed dispersion. However, my ability to provide my students with more hands-on science activities is limited due to a lack of supplies.

We'll soon be starting a Life Science unit on plants and having a set of microscopes to examine plant life will make the student experience more engaging, memorable and FUN!

We'll use the microscopes to closely examine the structure of plants to see how that structure supports the plant and contributes to its survival. We'll also be investigating the theme that there is a world around us that exists but we cannot see with the naked eye. We'll use the microscopes in future Earth and Life Science Units to further that theme by observing things like pond water, salt, and other organic materials.

Mrs. DeCuir
Grades PreK-2
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
2-Way Microscope • AKJ Education $43.76 4 $175.04
12 Slide w/ 36 Assorted Specimens • AKJ Education $12.37 4 $49.48

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