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Tools of Magnification


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Tools of Magnification

In this activity related to microbes, learners use water drops and hand lenses to begin the exploration of magnification. This activity also introduces learners to the microscope. This lesson guide includes background information and handouts.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

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

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • 4 hand lenses or magnifiers
  • 4 index cards (or similarly sized sections of cardstock)
  • 4 pairs of scissors
  • 4 pieces of newsprint, about 2 cm x 10 cm each
  • 4 pipettes or droppers
  • 4 plastic cover slips
  • 4 plastic or glass microscope slides
  • 4 rulers (measurements in cm)
  • Microscope (any kind)
  • Other objects to observe, such as a leaf, coin, dollar bill, etc.
  • Set of colored pencils or markers
  • Sheet of wax paper (6 cm in length)
  • Small container of tap water
  • Transparent tape

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Technology
      • Medical Technology
  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
    • Diversity of Life
      • Viruses and Bacteria
      • Protists and Fungi
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
  • Physical Sciences
    • Light and Optics
      • Lenses and Mirrors
      • Reflection and Refraction
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Light and Optics
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and History
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation

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


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Includes assesments for student learning

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Moreno, Nancy P.; Tharp, Barbara Z.; Erdmann, Deanne B.; Clayton, Sonia Rahmati; Denk, James P.

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Baylor College of Medicine, ©2008

Funding Source:

  • Science Education Partnership Award, 5R25 RR018605

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