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  Project Background


     

The Jersey City school district received extra money to purchase 30 brand new microscopes.  In accordance with her school's curriculum guide, Connie Rogers chose to have her students identify organisms living in a local fresh water pond.  This project fit in nicely with the required unit on ecosystems, which is also a focus of the state and national science education standards.  Working with CIESE, this classic science activity would take on a new twist.  The question was posed to the students:


Will classrooms sampling fresh water sources around the world find the same organisms as those that are discovered in a fresh water pond in Jersey City?


The majority of the students originally theorized that people all over the world would not find the same organisms in their fresh water sources, so the teacher found three schools who would work on the project with the Jersey City students:  one group in South Africa, one in Japan and another in England.  


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