Under the Lens

  • Project Cost: $450
  • Teacher Name: Elicia Ligon
  • School: Phelps Center for Gifted Education
  • Grade Level: 3-5 Science
  • Description:

    As part of a unit on veterinary science, students will be studying parasites of animals. Having microscope slides to view actual organisms will help student understanding and help them to gain perspective by viewing features and adaptations of the parasites as well as recognize and differentiate among the different types of parasites.

  • Planned Use for Funds: Funds will be used to purchase 2 sets of parasitology slides for use during a veterinary science unit for elementary students. Students will learn proper care and use of microscopes and have a chance to see examples of real parasites.
  • Need Represented: We have microscopes, but lack quality prepared slides for classroom use.
  • Academic Impact: Microscopy in elementary settings provides a hands-on experience, heightens student interest in science, and maybe used for multiple science lessons.
  • Student Population: Students in this unit are 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade gifted learners from across the district representing a wide variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. For many, this will be their most in-depth science study to date. This grant will impact 80-100 students this semester, but slides will be used in other classes as well.

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