MEGA Microscope Lab: NGSS Aligned

MEGA Microscope Lab: NGSS Aligned
MEGA Microscope Lab: NGSS Aligned
MEGA Microscope Lab: NGSS Aligned
MEGA Microscope Lab: NGSS Aligned
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In this activity NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) aligned activity, students:
Part 1: Learn about the parts, function, and proper handling of the microscope
Part 2: Practice using the microscope using prepared slides of tissues (you can edit it to be any prepared
Part 3: Make a simple wet-mount slide, and view ink written on paper
Part 4: Prepare and observe Plant and animal cells
Part 5: Observe single-celled organisms

*This lab is completely editable, allowing the teacher to remove, or change any parts for their need.

Time Frame: In full, this lab takes about one to two weeks.

Details Below:

DCI’s: LS1.A: Structure and Function, ETS2: Links among Engineering, Technology, Science, and Society

Cross Cutting Concepts: Patterns, Cause and Effect, Scale Proportion and Quantity, Structure and Function

Scientific and Engineering Practices:
Using Mathematical and Computational Thinking, Obtaining, Evaluating, and COmmunicating Information


Prior Knowledge: Students do not need to have any specific prior knowledge to complete this activity. The lab walks students through using the microscope, the cell theory, organelles, eukaryotes vs. prokaryotes, unicellular and multicellular organisms.

Materials and Setup:
Part 1: microscope, lens paper,
Part 2: microscope, prepared slides of tissues (substitute any prepared slides if you want)
Part 3: microscope, blank slides, cover slips, water, dropper, beaker, printer paper, pen
Part 4: microscope, blank slides, cover slips, water, methylene blue, toothpicks, elodea plant ($5 Petco)
or an onion
Part 5: {Option 1: Order from Carolina Biological:} Volvox, stentor, amoeba, euglena, paramecium,
water bears (fun).
{Option 2: SUPER NGSS:} Collect a sample of pond or stream water, and make slides. Links to identify protists are included.

Implementing the Lesson:

1. Essentially, students are to use this packet as a walkthrough to learn about microscopy, as well as cells. I often begin the lesson with an essential question: How have microscopes changed our understanding of the world?

The answer is that our understanding of what causes illness, cancer, and the fact that there are unicellular organisms is the result of microscopy. We get to view the world with a different perspective, and it has given us proof that we are all made of smaller, living parts.

After this question, students can work autonomously through this lab. (with some guidance from the teacher throughout).

My students enjoy this activity. If yours liked it, there are more like this at my TpT store:

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Total Pages
26 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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