I mentioned in the Moses and the Burning Bush post that we were studying snakes, well here’s one of our projects. The boys got a snake skin from the Nature Center, and couldn’t wait to observe it. It being the ridiculously delicate thing it was, it had already broken into a few smaller pieces, this worked perfectly because I had three stations for the kids.
A few months ago (and by a few I mean more than 6) I got a deal on The Magic School Bus – Microscope Lab. I bought it and squirrelled it away for when we got to anatomy, then the snake skin came into play……….
Rules for learning how to use a microscope
- First learn how to use a magnifying glass. A magnifying glass uses the same principles, but is more easy to learn and maneuver. If you can learn to move things under it, you can move items under a microscope.
- You MUST follow directions, because microscopes can be expensive, if you play around you will break an expensive tool. Which leads us to:
- This is a tool not a toy.
- Only one kid may use the microscope at a time, there is no horseplay near it.
Procedures for learning how to use a microscope (these will change by microscope)
1. Know your tools, these are slides, cover slips, and prepared slides. Before a slide can be put under the microscope, it must have a cover slip or be a prepared slide.
2. Be ready to work, have your notebook, and pencil handy. If you are not ready, then it will become another person’s turn.
3. Ensure the microscope is ready. Move the barrel all the way to the top, make sure the slide clips are in place so your slide does not move, and make sure the light is flipped off before starting and when ending.
We went over all of these steps several times, and then they got to their observations (which I’ll share about later).
Let’s see what others did this week:
Each week I’m spotlighting a few posts that were shared previously. Many posts get linked up later in the week and they don’t always get as many clicks as they deserve, so I’m trying to spotlight a few every week.
Inspired Montessori and Arts at Dundee Montessori shared a cool tree of life activity that she made. Now, I want to look into how it’s used in a Montessori classroom.
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Now link up your SCIENCE posts for the week, and then visit some of the other posts linked up and say hi. I’m going to be pinning, commenting, FBing or tweeting all of the posts linked up as the week goes by.