Microscope Chat: Microscope Lab Stations

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Amy Brown Science
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7th - 12th, Homeschool
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These 11 "Microscope Chat!" lab stations will ensure that your students have mastered and refined their microscope skills. Students will work together to solve a problem, complete a task, and /or carry out a small experiment at each of the 11 stations. I use the word “chat” to emphasize to my students that they are to work together and have a productive discussion at each lab station in order to maximize their understanding and mastery of the concepts being covered.

What is included in this product?

• 11 Student Worksheets (A one-page worksheet per station.)

• 11 Microscope Chat Lab Station Instruction Cards

• 5-Page Teacher Guide

• 10-Page Teacher Answer Key

What is the purpose of this activity?

This chat activity covers the microscope. Students will explore the history of the microscope, the parts and functions of the microscope, and the proper use and handling of the microscope. Students will learn to make wet mount slides, how to make measurements with the microscope, and the benefits of using stains. Students will gain the hands-on experience they need to improve their microscopy skills.

Do just a few lab stations or do them all! All materials are completely editable.

Please Note:

If your students do not have previous knowledge about the microscope or the vocabulary used in a microscope unit, prior instruction will be needed before attempting these lab stations. These lab stations are not intended to be a “first day of instruction” lesson. These lab stations are designed for review, reinforcement, and to build upon the foundation of knowledge that your students already have. This resource does not include teaching materials such as textbook readings, informational text readings, or a teaching PowerPoint.

Click this link to view my Microscope Teaching PowerPoint and Notes Set.


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What are the benefits of this activity?

  • Group work is an important part of what we do in a science class, and it is a skill that will be needed throughout life. Lab station activities teach students how to work together to achieve a goal.
  • These microscope lab stations will ensure that students have mastered the concepts of the microscope and its proper use.

What will the students be doing?

There are 11 lab stations. Students will rotate through the stations, completing the tasks at each station. Each station will highlight a microscope-related task to be completed by the group as well as a worksheet of analysis questions. There is one full-page student worksheet for each lab station.

Concepts covered at each lab station:

Station 1: Parts of the Microscope

Station 2: The Letter "e"

Station 3: Proper Care and Use of the Microscope

Station 4: The Wet Mount Slide

Station 5: What Happens When You ....

Station 6: Magnification and Resolution

Station 7: Microscope Measurement

Station 8: Electron Microscopes

Station 9: Depth of Field

Station 10: Using Stains

Station11: History of the Microscope

Materials List:

  • Compound Light Microscopes
  • Clean microscope slides
  • Coverslips
  • Newspaper or prepared slide of the letter “e”
  • Scissors
  • 2 Different Prepared slides of your choice
  • Small beaker or other container for tap water
  • Medicine dropper
  • Fresh leaves or flower petals
  • Lens paper
  • Colored paper from magazine or newspaper
  • Ruler
  • Calculator
  • Biology / Life Science Textbook or laptop computer for research purposes
  • Prepared slide of three colored threads, or three spools of different colored threads
  • Scalpel
  • Potato
  • Iodine solution in dropping bottle

The 5-page teacher guide includes:

  • Purpose of the activity.
  • Description of what students will be doing.
  • How to carry out your role as facilitator.
  • Materials List
  • Safety Precautions
  • Complete instructions for how to set up each lab station.
  • Tips and suggestions for successful completion of the activity.

This product also includes a very detailed 10-Page Teacher Answer Key

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Total Pages
39 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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