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Product 14745

By: Steve Parker, Cornell High School, Cornell, WI

Microscope “Mystery” and A Drawing, Identifying, and Size-Estimating Challenge Kit for biology and life science will take you on a journey into the “mysterious” microscopic world as new and perhaps strange-looking lifeforms are examined.

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Take your students on a journey into the “mysterious” microscopic world as new and perhaps strange-looking life forms are examined. This is an exceptional way to introduce students to the proper use and care of a microscope as well as boosting their observational, drawing, and record-keeping skills. Students will view specimens at different magnifications and then draw what they see. Applying their math skills, students will calculate the approximate size of microscopic objects. Then, using the information they have compiled, correctly identify eight “mystery” slides. This simple, but effective, activity uses no live cultures, messy biological stains, is easy to set up and can be reused many times.

Kit includes a set of 8 prepared slides, masters of all student worksheets and complete teacher notes. Compound microscopes are required.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function

Crosscutting Concepts

Scale, proportion, and quantity

Performance Expectations

MS-LS1-1. Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells