Using Light Microscopes Lab Stations Activity

Using Light 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.

Using Light Microscopes Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Prepare a specimen to view with a light microscope.
2. Center, magnify and focus a specimen.
3. Calculate total magnification.
4. Manipulate the parts of a light microscope so to optimize the view of a specimen.
5. Identify and solve problems that may arise when using a light microscope.

Science Skills Station
Students will make a wet mount of the letter e from newsprint. Students will observe the sample with the scanning, low power and high power objective. With each objective, students will center, focus and adjust the lighting so to optimize the view of the sample.

Narrative Station
Students will read about how to use a light microscope. They will read about how to prepare a wet mount of a specimen, how to center a specimen in the field of view and how to magnify and focus the specimen.

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

Problem-Solving Station
Students will evaluate and solve problems that may arise while using a light microscope. Students will identify the problem, possible solutions to the problem and how to best solve or address the problem to optimize the use of a light microscope.

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
Glass Slides (1 per group)
Coverslips (1 per group)
Dropper
Beaker of water
Newsprint of the letter “e” (lowercase)

Note: This lab will most likely require two class periods (90-120 minutes) due to the number of skills covered in this activity.

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

Purchasing Options to Save you $$$:
• Save 30% with the Microscopes Lab Stations Bundle
• Save 35% with the Microscopes Unit Bundle
• Save 35% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Lab Bundle
• Save 40% with the Integrated Science Lab Bundle
• Save 45% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Complete Curriculum
• Save 50% with the Integrated Science Complete Curriculum
Total Pages
28 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
2 hours
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