Introduction to Microscopes Lab

Engaging Biology
Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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7 pages
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This Introduction to Microscopes lab is a classic activity for introducing microscopy to high school students, or a review for students who have used scopes before. It's perfect at the beginning of the school year to get all of your students up to speed!

Using easily acquired materials, this lab will allow students to make their own wet mount slides of paper letter e's and view them under low and high power. The questions in the lab help students to understand what they're doing as they focus on their slides and answer basic questions about how the microscope works. They'll draw their "e" under low and high power ... very helpful for introducing students to proper technique for lab drawings.

Students are always amazed at what a simple thing like paper looks like under the microscope!

The lab can be completed in a class period. An answer key for the lab and suggestions for the teacher are included.

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Total Pages
7 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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