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What Cells Can I See in Muscle and Spinal Cord Tissues?


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What Cells Can I See in Muscle and Spinal Cord Tissues?

In this activity (page 37 of the PDF), learners observe, on a prepared slide, muscle and spinal cord cells from a rat. Learners will distinguish the nuclei of cell types and how nuclei differ between muscle cells and motor neurons. The lesson guide, part of NASA's "The Brain in Space: A Teacher's Guide with Activities for Neuroscience," includes background information, evaluation strategies, and activity sheets.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • A compound light microscope
  • Prepared slides of skeletal muscle and spinal cord tissues (preferably a cross section and longitudinal section)

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
      • Cell Structure and Function
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
      • Muscles and Skin
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Animals

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • MacLeish, Marlene Y.; McLean, Bernice R.

Rights:

  • Public Domain, NASA,

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