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Life Size: Line 'em up!


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Life Size: Line 'em up!

In this activity on page 1 of the PDF, learners compare the relative sizes of biological objects (like DNA and bacteria) that can't be seen by the naked eye. Learners will be surprised to discover the range of sizes in the microscopic world. This activity can be followed up with a second activity, "What's in a microbe?", located on page 3 in the same resource.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Individual word labels
  • One sheet of paper

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Viruses and Bacteria
    • Heredity and Genetics
      • DNA Structure and Function
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
    • Problem Solving
    • Representation
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Formulating Explanations

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Yu, Julie

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Exploratorium, ©2006

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0610238
  • National Science Foundation, 0925383

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