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The Magnified World Intro to Microscopes - Elementary Science Inquiry

Grade Levels
K - 5th, Homeschool
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8 pages + 10 pg Teacher Guide
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  1. Watch your students light up as they dive into The Magnified World! This introductory series to observations and data collection will have students utilizing scientific tools as they are introduced to new worlds that can only be seen when viewed through lenses that magnify! These science activitie
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Watch your students light up as they dive into The Magnified World Intro to Microscopes! This introductory series to observations and data collection will have students learning the stereo microscope as they are introduced to new worlds that can only be seen when viewed through lenses that magnify! This science activity promotes math and literacy and encourages students to learn with and from nature.

TEACHER NOTE: Your students can still explore The Magnified World series even if you don't have stereo microscopes. This download is if you would like to use stereo microscopes with your students and need an introductory lesson to introduce it.

Each download includes:

  • Student booklet
  • Teacher guide
  • Letter to parents
  • Tips and links on how to create a nature collection for viewing

The student booklet is a tabbed design for lesson organization and station management. For each tabbed section, your junior scientists will:

  • Observe a specimen using a stereo microscope
  • Collect qualitative data (data which is collected using your senses – color, shape, texture, smell, etc.)
  • Illustrate their field of view in color with as much detail as possible
  • Recognize and record what magnification is being used
  • Describe their observations using their best descriptive language

The Magnified World Intro to Microscopes includes the following tabs:

  • Body
  • Magnification
  • Prepare Object
  • Focus
  • Observations
  • Data

The Magnified World is PERFECT for your curious scientists and will nurture the following science inquiry skills:

  • observe properties
  • identify patterns
  • compare and contrast
  • record observations
  • gather data
  • understand form and function
  • scientific drawing
  • collect and analyze qualitative data

The Magnified World series offered by Nitty Gritty Science Jr supports your students’ understanding of the following Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for elementary science:

  • K-2-ETS1-2. Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
  • K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • 1-LS3-1. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.
  • 2-LS2-2. Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants
  • 3-LS3-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.
  • 4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
  • 5-LS1-1. Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.

Copyright © Nitty Gritty Science, LLC and Nitty Gritty Science Jr., LLC. All rights reserved by author Dr. Erica Colón. This product is to be used by the original downloader only. Copying for more than one teacher, classroom, department, school, or school system is prohibited. This product may not be distributed or displayed digitally for public view. Failure to comply is a copyright infringement and a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Clipart and elements

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs. Examples of human problems that can be solved by mimicking plant or animal solutions could include designing clothing or equipment to protect bicyclists by mimicking turtle shells, acorn shells, and animal scales; stabilizing structures by mimicking animal tails and roots on plants; keeping out intruders by mimicking thorns on branches and animal quills; and, detecting intruders by mimicking eyes and ears.


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