Type:

Unit

Description:

This unit includes resources, such as worksheets, on Microscopes for high school biology students. This unit is part of the Developing Biology course.

Subjects:

  • Science > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12

Keywords:

biology microscopes science

Language:

English

Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
Update Standards?

SCI.6.4.A: Science

use appropriate tools to collect, record, and analyze information, including journals/notebooks, beakers, Petri dishes, meter sticks, graduated cylinders, hot plates, test tubes, triple beam balances, microscopes, thermometers, calculators, computers, timing devices, and other equipment as needed to teach the curriculum; and

SCI.7.4.A: Science

use appropriate tools to collect, record, and analyze information, including life science models, hand lens, stereoscopes, microscopes, beakers, Petri dishes, microscope slides, graduated cylinders, test tubes, meter sticks, metric rulers, metric tape measures, timing devices, hot plates, balances, thermometers, calculators, water test kits, computers, temperature and pH probes, collecting nets, insect traps, globes, digital cameras, journals/notebooks, and other equipment as needed to teach the curriculum; and

SCI.8.4.A: Science

use appropriate tools to collect, record, and analyze information, including lab journals/notebooks, beakers, meter sticks, graduated cylinders, anemometers, psychrometers, hot plates, test tubes, spring scales, balances, microscopes, thermometers, calculators, computers, spectroscopes, timing devices, and other equipment as needed to teach the curriculum; and
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
2
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2008-03-28.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

This microscope lesson contains a clear activity and follow-up practice sheet. The practice sheet also includes answers at the bottom so that students can check their work. The directions and illustrations are clear. The overall lesson may benefit from a clear statement of objectives for each activity. The educational level could be expanded to include middle school grades, as many life science teachers in grades 6-8 could benefit from this activity.
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Paul Cobb
July 27, 2009

These resources are a good start for a unit on microscopes. With some modifications, more detail and added resources this could become an exemplary unit. Here are a few suggestions.

- A PowerPoint presentation that explains the parts and use of the microscope would help familiarize students with the microscope before they actually handled one.

- As stated in the other review the Microscopes Basics page could use objectives for each microscope activity.

- The work sheets need to be localized. While all schools require name and date on work, not all schools run on a period system or use a pod group. Name, date and space to add more would be best.

-This Unit could be used for High School or Jr. High with little or no modification. The curriculum for microscope use is similar for both age groups.

- The addition of online resources would help any schools with limited or no access to microscopes. Check out http://www.udel.edu/biology/ketcham/microscope/scope.html

-There are also a few grammatical errors here and there but we are science teachers not English teachers, right?

-The addition of a lab that allows the students to look at objects of their own choosing as well as required slides would increase interest and student buy-in.

Thanks for starting what I hope will become an excellent unit on microscopes.

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