Microscopes Lab Stations Activity

Microscopes Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory does not address a specific Next Generation Science Standard, but it complements concepts related to other NGSS. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Microscopes Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Compare and contrast the function and use of a light microscope, dissecting microscope and electron microscope.
2. Identify and describe the parts of a light microscope.
3. Explain how to carefully and safely use a light microscope.

Science Skills Station
Students will focus on the structure of a light microscope at this station. Students will examine a light microscope. They will identify the parts of a light microscope and describe the function of the parts.

Narrative Station
Students will read an informational text about different types of microscopes at this station. Students will compare and contrast the function and use of a dissecting microscope, light microscope and electron microscope. Students will also read about how to safely and carefully use a light microscope.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to microscopes. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will evaluate situations in which scientists have to use microscopes to study microbes, cells or organelles. Students will determine which microscope would be best to use in each situation. They will identify the benefits and limitations to the use of the microscope as it pertains to the specific situation.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
1 Light microscope
1 Prepared slide (a glass slide, coverslip and specimen)

Note: Students will NOT focus on viewing a specimen with this lab. The prepared slide is needed to help students understand the function of the microscope parts and how those parts help view a specimen.

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

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• Save 35% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Lab Bundle
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Total Pages
31 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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