Scanning Electron Microscopes Teacher Resources

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In this microscope worksheet, students use an on line site to answer questions about how a Scanning Electron Microscope works. They also conduct a virtual microscope activity where they view ten specimens and identify what each is.
Students observe different substances under the microscope. In this space science lesson, students identify the different features of SEM images. They formulate a conclusion about the images of Mars meteorites.
Students study the discovery of the electron and how it led to other inventions and discoveries concerning electrical current. They observe several demonstrations concerning electricity. In one activity, they determine whether or not a galvanometer is a reliable lie detector test.
Students match Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) pictures with real life objects. They discuss the uses of the SEM. Students identify the real-life origins of samples by matching some SEM pictures with real-life objects. Students analyze the samples and choose the real life objects they resemble. Students develop an appreciation for the applications of the SEM.
This instructional activity will make an impact, especially on scientist-athletes who may have an interest in waterproof clothing! Acting as materials engineers, they work collaboratively on waterproofing pieces of cotton fabric. This challenge is preceded by reading about nanotechnology and the hydrophobic effect. Expect an enduring effect on emerging engineers!
Blow your learners' minds with a sweet lesson on nanotechnology that uses sugar to demonstrate the difference nanoscale surface area makes in dissolving and crystal formation. Plenty of supportive background information is read to introduce the concepts, and then two activities are carried out. Since the sugar crystals take about a week to form, you will need to set aside a later class period in order to wrap this lesson up. Though the publisher mentions many grade levels, this would be the best fit for middle schoolers.
Nano-nano! Nanotechnology can seem like it's from another planet! After learning about this tiny technology, collaborative groups experiment with how smaller particles affect chemical reactions. They do this by immersing a whole and a crushed antacid tablet into equal amounts of water. Nanotechnology is a fascinating topic for your STEM curriculum.
A reading precedes the activity in order to familiarize learners with just how small a nanometer is. Then, small groups measure classroom objects and convert units into nanometers. The publisher doesn't mention it, but the reading material provided can easily be used when addressing Common Core State Standards for reading informational text or scientific literacy. Math and science are also involved in this comprehensive resource.
Stop the raindrops from getting into the house! Eager engineers learn about roofing history and waterproofing by nanotechnology. They get into groups and work on designing a waterproof roof for a small model house. The accompanying handout provides space for planning and critical analysis questions for follow-up. Miniature rain storms are sure to make a splash with your science or engineering class!
Extensive reading is done in order to learn about scanning probe microscopy and nanoscale. Afterward, individuals use a pencil to probe an unidentified object that is inside of a box so that they cannot see it. Using only what they could gather via the probe, they draw the object. 
Following directions from a colorful slide preparation card, beginning biologists examine three different live microorganisms: bacteria, yeast, and paramecia. This is not an unusual activity to do with your class, but if you are doing it for the first time or need a refresher, the lesson plan is so well-written that you will have no questions. Just make sure to order your live specimens early enough to have them on time.
What does a human hair look like at 40 times its normal size? Young scientists find out the answer to that question and more in an introductory microscope activity. In the description, it says the investigation is intended for ninth grade honors biology, but it seems more appropriate for middle level life science, or wherever learners are introduced to microscope use in your district.
It's always great to find cross-curricular lessons, especially when they integrate two very interesting topics. Learners will consider three paintings as they relate to both science and art. They'll discuss each piece and then respond to two writing prompts.
When sugar is dissolved in water, is it gone forever? Can it become sugar again? In a instructional activity focusing on both observation and crystal structures, middle schoolers attempt to grow sugar crystals on strings dipped in sugar water. Note: The instructional activity refers to a data table, which is only found in the lesson plan in the Additional Materials section below. 
Scribes once had to copy books by hand, and it was this process that birthed the word miniature. Watch as minium, or red lead used for pigment in ink, becomes miniature. The resource, part of a series of videos on vernacular, includes questions, additional information, and an online discussion question.
Wow! Separate organelles from the cells of dried peas. Observe vacuoles in beet cells. Watch protists in action. Examine SEM photographs. Beginning biologists get a complete exposure to the structure and function of cell organelles. Two assessments are also available, which you can assign as homework. These activities can serve as the foundation for your curriculum on cell structure.
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.
High schoolers explore solar energy, why we use it and how we use it.  In this renewable energy lesson students compare active and solar techniques.
Students demonstrate how to measure on the nano scale. In this engineering lesson, students participate in hands-on activities to measure common classroom objects in the metric scale and convert their measurements to nanometers.
Students investigate nanostructures by experimenting with sugar.  In this crystal formation lesson, students utilize different sugar samples to grow sugar crystals in a group experiment.  Students complete worksheets including an evaluation of their crystal growing experiment.

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