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Ms. Decker from Saratoga Spgs UT is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Where'd You Get That Cute Smile - Exploring Heredity

My students need some hands-on activities like an incubator, PTC test paper, ovascope and DNA necklace kits to really understand our heredity curriculum.

  • $544 goal

This project expired on June 14, 2013.

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My Students

Imagine, science conversation that continues beyond class due to pure interest. My 90 students don't have the luxury of a specific science text, however, science shouldn't always come straight from the text. My students need some extra moments of amazement.

Ninety fifth graders will rotate to me to learn about heredity for the first time.

Attending a public school, they are put into large classes with limited resources. Wouldn't it be great if their experience was hands-on? I want my students to love science. Heredity is one area of our fifth grade curriculum that will connect to each student personally, so I want to make it great.

My Project

Can you remember the first time you realized that there were predictable patterns in life? Or when you realized how you got your traits. I would like to have them sample PTC Paper to check if they have the trait to taste it, only 30 percent of the population can! The other tasting paper can be sweet, flavorless, or bitter based on the students' DNA! I would love to have the students extract some DNA. The idea of DNA is very abstract for fifth graders. If I make learning about DNA personal and authentic by having them extract their own, it will mean so much more. Finally, so we can look at the traits of other organisms, I am also requesting an incubator and some accessories so we can look at the traits of various breeds of baby chicks while experiencing the amazement of life.

This project is important because it will foster the love of science and a deep understanding of heredity.

Picture walking into a classroom that is buzzing with questions, getting involved in learning, and best of all, continuing their academic conversations through recess and even after school. You can generate this kind of interest and inquiry by helping us obtain these amazing resources.

Ms. Decker
Grades 3-5

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
SODIUM BENZOATE TEST PPR,12/PK • Frey Scientific, Inc. $17.10 1 $17.10
PTC (TASTE TEST) PAPER, 12/PK • Frey Scientific, Inc. $17.10 1 $17.10
INCUBATOR HOVA-BATOR CIRCULATED AIR 18X18X9.5IN • Frey Scientific, Inc. $98.96 1 $98.96
OVASCOPE • Frey Scientific, Inc. $62.99 1 $62.99
DNA Necklace Classroom Kit • Carolina Biological Supply Company $47.45 3 $142.35

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