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Microscopic Natural History

Microscopic Natural History of Glen Cove

We used LCAP funds to purchase some high quality advanced microscopes for the school.  We also purchased a camera that can take videos and still images through a laptop and can be projected on a screen.  Below are some samples of the pictures we have taken so far.

Students in Mr. Icatar's class learned about protozoans, multicellular animals, and crustaceans in local pond water.  We cultured samples and grew populations of several organisms.  Students learned that a paramecium is a single-celled animal called a protozoan.  Paramecium are in a group known as ciliates because they have small hairs called cilia all over them.  The cilia is used for locomotion or the ability of the animal to move through the water.  Students learned about euglena, a protozoan that has chlorophyll in it so that it can use sunlight to create food like a plant or it can capture animals and eat them.  Euglena have a long hair called a flagellum that is used to move it through the water.  We learned about the main parts of a cell -- cell wall, cytoplasm, and nucleus.  We learned about cell reproduction through mitosis.  Students on several occasions saw paramecia dividing.  Students observed algae, diatoms, etc. and learned how to make slides and how to operate advanced microscopes.  Below are some of the pictures we have taken so far.  One of our STEAM goals is for every students to experience looking through a high quality microscope.  We will continue to add pictures and videos of our students' experiences.

paramecium

paramecium.jpg
 

euglena

euglena2.jpg
 

daphnia

daphnia still.jpg
 

rotifer

rotifer.jpg
 

playground swamp creature (crustacean)

crustacian p 12.jpg
 

video of pond water (click on X to close the ads....)