Welcome to our unit on microscopes! We’re going to learn how to use our microscope to make things appear larger so we can study them more easily. Think about all the things that are too small to study just with your naked eyeballs: how many can you name?

Let’s start from the inside out – before you haul out your own microscope, we’re going to have a look at what it can do. I’ve already prepared a set of slides for you below.  Take out a sheet of paper and jot down your guesses – here’s how you do it:

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What is it?

Take a peek and see if you can figure out what each one is. Record your guess on a piece of paper. Don’t spend more than 90 seconds on each one. If you’re working with others, have everyone write down their answers individually, and then work together and discuss each one. Come up with a final group conclusion what’s on each slide before peeking at the answers.

plant cells
Paramecium Respiratory Tissue Hair Follicle
Green Algae Water Flea Pine Wood

Need answers? Hover your mouse over each slide to reveal the title.

More questions you can ask:

1. List the ways that microscopes are used. Why bother using them anyway? (Can you name four?)

2. What do you already know about microscopes? List two things.

3. What would you really like to learn about microscopes? Name three, at least.


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