Today I had an opportunity to review Educational Insight’s GeoSafari Plankton Net and it was a blast! While I had a choice between several GeoSafari items in EI’s catalog, I knew right away that the Plankton Net would be perfect for my family! Why you ask? Well, here is a picture of my pond in the my backyard, so it was a shoo-in!
Our pond is au natural (meaning we are too poor right now to add an aerator or any type of solutions to keep the algae down, but I can tell you with confidence that our pond had a multitude of wildlife that love it just the way it is. We have some small fish, geese and ducks that stop by on occasion, a white heron, I swear 1,523 HUGE frogs which like to sing at night just about the time I am heading to bed (not including the 1.7 million tadpoles), and even 2 muskrats! Of course we have other regular visitors such as deer, rabbits, woodchucks, squirrels, etc., and everyone loves the pond. The GeoSafari Plankton Net is a perfect fit for our house for sure!
The net is super cool because it has a little plastic bottle that screws right on to the end of the net. You run the net through the water, (fresh or saltwater will do), and it will fill up the bottle with some of the contents of the water. After you have enough in the plastic container, unscrew it from the net and then screw the attached lid back on.
Then, the really fun part – observation! The plastic bottle has magnifying glass pieces around the outside, so students are really able to see what types of materials are floating, or sinking in the water! How much fun!
When I taught third grade in FL, we always did a field trip to the mudflats and did something similar by collecting samples of the water to see what types of creatures lived there and really had some fantastic specimens and discussions. Many students had no idea that the water they swam in had so much real life in it! You could use the GeoSafari Plankton Net on field trips to any location with water, OR make your own. Maybe “create” your own school pond with a baby pool and add in some different materials.
This activity is fantastic for students at all grade levels to be work on the scientific method, in particular, the observation step. Really being able to keenly observe what at first glance looks like a bottle filled with water can open up the eyes of many students when they realize there is so much more than meets the eye.
Educational Insights is awesome and have agreed to giveaway a GeoSafari Plankton Net to one lucky OCB Reader! Yay! Please make sure to stop by their website and their Facebook Fan Page to thank them for being so nice – this is a super fun prize that you could use right off the bat as a hook into science with your new students this fall!
Make sure to read the entry form below to get entered and good luck from Educational Insights and The Organized Classroom Blog!
Winner – notified via email: Melissa C.