Microscopes Teacher Resources
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Tools of Magnification
Life science learners need to be able to use a microscope. With this comprehensive resource, they first experience how lenses and magnification work, and then get familiar with using a compound microscope. Tremendous background information, detailed set-up and procedure instructions, and even a video that acts as a teaching guide, work together to thoroughly prepare you to implement this classic and vital lesson.
5th - 8th Science
Students examine parts of a microscope and how to use a microscope at five lab stations. They identify parts of a microscope by describing the differences between low power and high power. They visit Internet sites (included in the lesson) and one station and experience the procedure of how to create a wet mount slide.
5th - 6th Science
Microscopic Water Life
Students use a light microscope to observe the organisms living in a sample of ocean or fresh water. Students create a drawing of the organisms that they observe. Students then discuss the different body plans of the organisms and the importance of clean water as a habitat.
6th - 9th Science
Fuss About Dust
Dust is everywhere around us; it's unavoidable. But what exactly is dust and are certain locations dustier than others? These are the questions learners try to answer in an interesting scientific investigation. Working independently or in small groups, young scientists gather and analyze samples of dust, comparing the particles they collect with other known materials in order to determine the composition of dust.
5th - 8th Math CCSS: Adaptable
The Virtual Electron Microscope
Young scholars explore the world of the very small using a Flash plug-in Virtual Electron Microscope. They complete and discuss an activity in which unknown samples are placed under the computer simulated microscope to determine where the cells came from.
4th - 6th Science
"Microscope Man" is the story of a microscopic adventurer who journeys through the interior of a cell. This is a clever approach to reviewing the structure of a plant cell! After reading the story, cell biologists answer questions in which they need to identify the organelles that Microscope Man encounters.
7th - 12th Science
Cells - The Building Blocks of Life
It has appeal; Vivid microscopic images or colorful diagrams are displayed on almost every slide of this introduction to cells. Visit scientists who contributed to cell theory, learn the general components of cells, and compare prokaryotes to eukaryotes.
9th - 12th Science
Inspecting Virginia Pines
Students generate scientific observations of pine trees. In this pine tree activity, students explore pine trees native to Virginia. Students take a nature walk making scientific observations about the plants and trees they encounter. Using a microscope, students investigate the cellular structure of objects acquired during the nature walk.
5th - 7th Science
Magnificent Microscopes Unit Including Mystery and Alternative Assessment Activity
After drawing and labelling a microscope, forensic science explorers use one to solve a simulated murder mystery. They examine each piece of evidence and draw what they observe at each magnification. Working in groups of four, your scientists produce a forensic report.
7th - 8th Science
Measuring with a Microscope
After considering the importance of scale, microbiologists measure the field of view for the 40X and 100X objectives of a compound light microscope. With this information, they calculate the size of a paramecium and a corn stem cell. They also calculate the field of view for the high power objective so that they can use it to determine size.
9th - 12th Science
Students explore produce by examining an apple in class. In this microscopic food lesson plan, students slice an apple in a specific manner so they can fit it onto a slide and view it through a microscope. Students identify the different layers on the apple and illustrate their observations in class.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Cells: A First-Hand View
In the first of two activities, your charges prepare wet mount slides of cork and bean sprout cells in imitation of Robert Hooke's historical investigation. An excerpt from his notes is included. Then, investigators compare animal cells to plant cells under the microscope, noting the identifying structures.
6th - 12th Science
In this microscope instructional activity, students use an on line site to answer questions about the history of the microscope, they view objects and identify what each is, they explore different magnifications of the microscope and they answer questions about the Powers of Ten.
7th - 10th Science