Science Shorts: Seeing is Believingby: Barbara Adams

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Many students enjoy the reading about new worlds or imaginary places. The world of microscopy can generate the same kind of excitement and help children rethink the immature idea that only what they see exists. This month's Science Shorts explores the world of microscopy as a way to get students interested in reading and recording new information.

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  • Middle
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  • on Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:21 AM

In this upper elementary activity students use a hand lens, microscope and the internet to experience how scientists are able to see what they can’t see with the help of tools to extend our sense of sight. Students compare and contrast the same image as seen with the eye all the way through the use of a scanning electric microscope images (sem). The activity is simple. It ties math with science and there are great microscopy websites provided for internet use.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:11 PM

This short article talks about using microscopes to encourage student’s interests in reading and recording new information. The author feels that teachers can improve their student’s science skills by focusing on activities to help them organize their thinking which will increase their vocabulary. They offer the use of two techniques to help students. The first is learning to locate key information and connect new words to an image for meaning. The second is the use of a vocabulary concept diagram. The author feels that microscopes can help students see the hidden world of science. And to provide practice, this article offers an introductory Engage and Explore activity for the students to use.

Sue Garcia  (Spice wood, TX)
Sue Garcia (Spice wood, TX)

  • on Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:52 AM

Elementary students do not have access to high powered microscopes but the internet has several websites which students can use to see what everyday objects look like under a microscope. Students can also investigate what objects look like using hand lenses. Article ends with selection of microscope websites and books.

Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton

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