This kit is a fun way to teach the students the names of the different parts of the microscope and the steps of using it.
Many students do not know how to describe correctly how to set and use the light microscope.
I noticed this while marking one of the questions in the IB DP biology exam as most of the students got only part of the mark if any.
This is why I decided to prepare this kit for my students and other students as well.
The kit includes:
• Group work activity.
• A booklet for the students.
• A bulletin board which is to be assembled by the students following the teacher’s instructions and then to be displayed in the class or the lab.
• Answer key for the worksheet.
• Instructions for the teacher.
Instructions for the teacher:
Print the following:
• Few copies of the powerpoint “assemble”, one copy for each group.
• One copy for each student of the “student booklet”
• One copy of the colored power point “steps”
• One copy of the “microscope image B & W “
For the group work:
For the copy of each group of the “assemble” powerpoint, cut the table in the to separate the names of the microscope parts from their functions. Also separate the sentences that describe the setting up and the use of the microscope from each other.
Ask the students to:
1. Use the image of the microscope and guess the name of each part.
2. Check the right answer with all the groups before allowing them to go to the next step.
3. Ask them to guess the function of each part and put the strip of paper next to the name.
4. Check the answers before going to the next step.
5. Now ask them to arrange in order the steps of setting up and using the microscope.
6. Do the same as before and check if their answers are correct before going to the next stage of the work which is the individual one.
For the student work:
Give a copy of the booklet to each student and ask them to answer the questions in the booklet based on what they did in the group work.
When the whole class is done, it is time for bingo.
Describe the function of the one part of the microscope and let them guess it and cross it out in their grids. Repeat till someone “bingos”
For the bulletin board:
Some of the students will finish faster and wait for the bingo, while the others will still be working. Ask the fast finishers to prepare the bulletin board.
Let them stich the image of the microscope in the middle, and the colored ones that describe how to use it all around in the proper order. Of course on the wall.