Wednesday, January 4, 2012

General Science: Going on Safari

This week the kids went on a different kind of safari. No big-game here, but instead hunted for microorganisms in a sample of pond water taken from Robert and Karen Clements' pond (thanks once again for your annual donation of pond scum!).

To get a sense of what we were looking for, we started off by watching a few short video clips of different microorganisms. Then the kids prepared their slides, making sure to get a sample of pond water that was nice and goopy. After hunting around a bit, the kids turned up some interesting single-celled organisms and even a water flea. What's cool about this little guy is that being transparent means you can WATCH its heart beat!


  1. algae, paramecia, euglena and a water mite (looks like a transparent crab).