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Learners 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.
Young scholars 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.
Learners 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. Learners then discuss the different body plans of the organisms and the importance of clean water as a habitat.
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.
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.
"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!