It's a VERY Small World

by Michael Porter
To really ignite interest for her students, science specialist Deborah Landon wanted to give them the genuine she bravely went out to the Deerwood Canal and scooped up a few jars of water and some of the plant life growing in it.
These specimens were for one of the most interesting science activities of the year: the Living Water Lab. The students took out the microscopes and peered into a small quantity of water to see what they couldn't see with the naked eye.

Many of the students were astonished to find that water samples were teeming with life when viewed in the microscope. At certain magnifications it was possible to pick out individual cells in some of the plants. And there were a variety of microscopic living organisms swimming around.
"I thought it was cool because I got to see living bacteria move around in the water," said 4th grader Braxton L. "At first I couldn't see it but then i got to see it and it was super cool. There were these tiny squids that were kinda moving and it was cool to see because I've never seen them before."

To preserve their observations, some students carefully lined up their iPads over the microscope lens and captured some great images. They were certainly proud of themselves!
The Living Water Lab follows classroom activities where students observe cells from an onion and cells from their own cheek.