As a teacher I am always trying to make learning fun :) “Fun” in an elementary world means hands-on activities that are meaningful, provide opportunity for collaboration and connect with the real world. I teach standard SC.4.E.6.5 which states; Investigate how technology and tools help to extend the ability of humans to observe very small things and very large things.

I want to make my students life-long learners and promote their curiosity for the world around us. I want to do that by showing how simple objects, in this case plant transport structures and premade slides, look impressive when viewed with high-power magnification. I want my insect enthusiasts to learn how to prepare an ant on a glass slide to view in details. I want my budding scientists to know how to properly work a microscope. Watching the microscopic world unfold in front of their very own eyes is the aha moment we all want to experience.

The only problem I foresee is that all the students would like to make their science fair projects about the microscopic world.

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School:
Hunter's Green Elementary 
Category:
Technology 
Teacher/
Administrator:
Cheryl Pahl 
 
125109 
Students Impacted:
56 
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Date:
December 6, 2018

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Project Goal

As a teacher I am always trying to make learning fun :) “Fun” in an elementary world means hands-on activities that are meaningful, provide opportunity for collaboration and connect with the real world. I teach standard SC.4.E.6.5 which states; Investigate how technology and tools help to extend the ability of humans to observe very small things and very large things.

I want to make my students life-long learners and promote their curiosity for the world around us. I want to do that by showing how simple objects, in this case plant transport structures and premade slides, look impressive when viewed with high-power magnification. I want my insect enthusiasts to learn how to prepare an ant on a glass slide to view in details. I want my budding scientists to know how to properly work a microscope. Watching the microscopic world unfold in front of their very own eyes is the aha moment we all want to experience.

The only problem I foresee is that all the students would like to make their science fair projects about the microscopic world.
 

 

How Project Benefits Students

This experiment is an eye-catching view of vascular tissues in plants and structure of plant stems along with various prepared slides. We will prepare glass slides for celery stalk (plant stem), carrot (plant root) and leaf to look under a microscope. This lesson reinforces other concepts in the curriculum such as photosynthesis. Our planet is literally crawling with life and microscope through prepared slides we will investigate the world. We will reinforce the lesson with books on the subject to invoke interest in further study of the micro world. Biodiversity is not limited to the variety of species on Earth which in and off itself is impressive.

The lab offers students to deepen their understanding of the life around them. The need of gifted students to be challenged every day is imperative to their potential. One of my goals is to teach students to create slides so they can pick things in our outdoor garden area, like an ant and be comfortable creating a slide to look under a microscope. A scoop of dirt from a garden can reveal so much and learning how to prepare the slides can come in handy in future experiments.

We will pick three things in our lab environment; celery, carrot and leaf so students can have deeper understanding of photosynthesis and how plants transfer energy from leaf, stem and roots. The students start by biting into celery and understanding the texture of a stem and how it has veins. Then they get a slice of celery to place on a glass slide. During a lesson we will prepare the slides for three items; celery carrot and leaf. The students learn how to properly use a microscope and the principles of scientific practices as they look at them under a microscope and investigate the structure of a plant in details. They learn to support evidence based on textual and visual observation. They will have opportunities to collaborate with classmates on what slide is on the microscope. The student can practice academic vocabulary they have learned through the lab experience. Mindfulness will be observed while classmates take turn using the microscopes. Students will learn to clean and put the microscopes away. We will discuss as a class about the value of verified observation in science. I can’t wait to hear the questions those amazing minds come up with after the lab.
 

 

Expected Outcome(s)

The students will learn the Big Idea for the lesson related to the standard: SC.4.E.6.5 Investigate how technology and tools help to extend the ability of humans to observe very small things and very large things. I will expect that my students pass the standard assessment with an 80% or higher. 

 

Detailed Cost Summary

Frey Scientific Compact Student Microscope - Inclined Head - Coarse and Fine Focus - LED Illumination - Cordless
https://store.schoolspecialty.com/OA_HTML/ibeCCtpItmDspRte.jsp?minisite=10029&item=30993

Neo/Sci Exploring Life II Neo/GUIDE Microscope Slide Collection, Set of 80
https://store.schoolspecialty.com/OA_HTML/ibeCCtpItmDspRte.jsp?minisite=10029&item=45063

Delta Education Glass Microscope Slides - Pack of 72
https://store.schoolspecialty.com/OA_HTML/ibeCCtpItmDspRte.jsp?minisite=10029&item=22884

UNDER THE MICROSCOPE EARTH'S TINIEST INHABITANTS 1541940202
UP IN THE GARDEN AND DOWN IN THE DIRT {HC} 1452119368
OVER AND UNDER THE POND {HC} 1452145423
HIDDEN WORLDS : LOOKING THROUGH A SCIENTIST'S 0618354050
SCIENCE IS BEAUTIFUL : THE HUMAN BODY UNDER T {HC} 1849941920
MOLECULES THE ELEMENTS AND THE ARCHITECTURE {HC} 1579129714
ELEMENTS A VISUAL EXPLORATION OF EVERY KNOWN {HC} 1579128149
SCIENCE OF ROCKS AND MINERALS : THE HARD TRUT {HC} 0531227685
MIGHTY MARS ROVERS THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE {HC} 054747881X
EXTREME SCIENTISTS : EXPLORING NATURE'S MYSTE 0544250036
ARE ALL BACTERIA DANGEROUS? BIOLOGY BOOK FOR KIDS 1541910702
MICROBIOLOGY : IT'S A SMALL WORLD! 0753471949
EXTREME BIOLOGY 0753470500
BIOLOGY LIFE AS WE KNOW IT {WITH POSTER} 0753462532
ROCKS AND MINERALS 0753463148
PERIODIC TABLE ELEMENTS WITH STYLE 0753460858
UNDERSTANDING PHOTOSYNTHESIS WITH MAX AXIOM {LB} 0736868410
BASICS OF CELL LIFE WITH MAX AXIOM {HC} 1429634146
SURPRISING WORLD OF BACTERIA WITH MAX AXIOM {HC} 142963975X
DECODING GENES WITH MAX AXIOM SUPER SCIENTIST {HC} 1429639768
PHYSICS WHY MATTER MATTERS 0753462141 

 

Items

# Item Description Total Cost
1 6x Compact Student Microscope $990.00
2 Exploring Life II Neo/GUIDE Microscope Slide Collection $240.00
3 Glass Microscope Slides - Pack of 72 $4.00
4 Literature $357.00
  Total: $1,591.00

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