Microscopes Teacher Resources
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The Virtual Electron Microscope
Students 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. Hints for cell types and a self checking system make this seem like a game.
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. Because of the math and cognitive ability required, the lesson is geared toward high school biology scholars. A well-written lab sheet is provided.
Using Microscopes In The Classroom
Get up close and personal with parts of a microscope lesson plans and activities for elementary students!
Parts of a Microscope
In this biology lesson, students label and identify the different parts of a microscope. They complete 16 short answer questions about each part's function and complete 12 review questions in the end.
An Introduction to the Animal Cell and Microscope Lab
This document is a mini unit on the basic structure of animal cells and cell theory. It contains individual lesson plans for the use of a microscope, lecture notes, and handouts for your class. The PowerPoint, "Amazing Animal Cells," is not included, but you can easily locate a substitute online." You will notice in the lecture notes that the intended audience is an agriculture class.
Virtual Electron Microscope
Students study the basic differences between plant and animal cells and how microscopes have contributed to our knowledge of science. In this microscope instructional activity students view images on the Internet and complete a Virtual Electron Microscope activity.
Homeschooling Chronicles - Microscopes
Microscopes are more than instruments. They are windows into the scientific world.
Time Lapse Seed Germination with the QX3 Intel Digital Microscope
Students use the time-lapse feature of the QX3 Intel Digital Microscope to observe germination of seeds. They use the QX3 Intel Digital microscope to create time lapse video films of seed germination experiments.
Use of Microscopes and Creation of Slides
Students explore the use of microscopes and the creation of slides. They practice using, adjusting and viewing with a microscope. they view slides of familiar substances such as blood and fibers. In addition, they create slides using onions and cheek cells.
Students use a microscope in a series of activities that are designed to help them explore the "invisible world" and make meaningful microscopic discoveries and learn the importance of the microscope as a tool in science and research.
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.
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.
Microscope Mania Unit Review
In this microscope instructional activity, high schoolers complete a crossword puzzle given twenty three hints about the parts of a microscope, the magnification of a microscope and the types of microscopes.
Microscope Mania Mysteries
In this microscope mania activity, students identify magnified objects. Students complete a chart to show what was observed using the water drop lens. Students identify cells as plants or animals. Students label a microscope diagram.
A Microscopically Enormous Look at Genetic Inheritance
Students use microscopes to examine fly families and analyze their genetic inheritance. In this genes lesson plan, students also use the chi square for comparing genes and compare the class results as a whole.
"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. The handout appears to be a substandard quality photocopy. Consider typing it up fresh to have a nicer presentation, but do not overlook this gem of a resource!
Cells - Critical Thinking in Science
What are the structures in cells and what are their functions? Budding biologists discover the answers to these questions through an in-depth examination of cells and organelles. Using the 5E learning cycle, learners explore the types of organelles using an electron microscope, research, draw, and describe the function of each one, explain how different cell types make up different kingdoms, then design and execute an experiment to determine the effect of pH on algae.
The Germination of a Tree
Is a seed alive? What does it mean to be dormant? What triggers a seed to start growing? Through a lab, a microscope activity, two short videos, and a reading, young botanists discover the secrets behind seeds. Lab partners will have the opportunity to germinate their own tree seeds. It would be a great extension to have kids plant their seedlings for Arbor Day or Earth Day, but make sure they are planted in an appropriate place for the size the tree will become.
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. The objective of this lesson is for learners to gain competence in handling a microscope.
Microscopes and Cells-Magnification is the Name of the Game
Students label the parts of a compound microscope. After studying cell structure and as a way to reinforce and simulate the concept of magnification, students create Microsoft PowerPoint slides containing one plant and one animal cell.