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Product 14006

By: The Flinn Staff

With the Instant Protozoan Mix, just add water and watch your “mini-pond” come to life. Use a microscope to view the diverse array of organisms up close over several days to view the ever-changing ecosystem.

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Just add water and, after a week or so, your “mini-pond” will come to life. The dry mixture of encysted and dormant protists included in this kit contains a range of organisms likely to include diatoms, ciliates, dinoflagellates, euglenoids, rotifers, algae and others. Use your microscope to view the diverse array of organisms up close over several days to view the ever-changing ecosystem. The microscopic examination will reveal a great diversity of locomotion and food-gathering adaptations. A great introduction to microscopic life. Includes dry protist mix, tank, food, identification key and instructions. Dry mixture has a one- to two-year shelf life.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms
MS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
MS-LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
HS-LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models
Structure and function
Scale, proportion, and quantity

Performance Expectations

MS-LS1-1. Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells
MS-LS1-5. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.