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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.
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Students study the basic differences between plant and animal cells and how microscopes have contributed to our knowledge of science. In this microscope lesson students view images on the Internet and complete a Virtual Electron Microscope activity.
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.
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.
In this microscope usage worksheet, 7th graders complete an introduction packet that takes them through several lab activities that helps introduce and familiarize them with using the 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.
Young scholars 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.
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.
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 plan) and one station and experience the procedure of how to create a wet mount slide.
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.
In this microscope mania worksheet, 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.
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.
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 activity is for learners to gain competence in handling a microscope.
Learners examine and label the parts of a microscope. They discover magnification as well. They draw and label a plant and animal cell and create a PowerPoint presentation.
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.
Students explore the parts of a microscope. In this microscope lesson, students examine simple and compound microscopes. Students discover how the parts of a microscope work together to generate an image.
Students explore physical science by participating in a science examination. In this microscope tutorial instructional activity, students read the book The Naked Eye and discuss the purpose for using a microscope in the field of science. Students identify the different pieces of a microscope and examine different items in class.
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.
Students identify magnification by first using a magnifying glass and then with photos taken through a microscope. They complete a handout that leads them through each activity stated. Finally, students use their microscope to view a cork cell under low power and analyze what it looks like.