Microscopy in Elementary Grades

Green, Susan, and Julian Smith, III. “Small Things Draw Big Interest.”Science and Children (n.d.): 30-34. NSTA, Jan. 2005. Web.

The author of this article suggests that using low powered microscopes – microscopes that magnify 10 to 30 times there size – is a great way to introduce microscopy into elementary school classrooms.  Elementary students can have a hard time connecting what they see through the microscope with what they see with their unaided eye.  This is especially true for high powered microscopes.  Using a low powered microscope allows microscopy to be introduced at a younger grade level.  Studies have shown that introducing the microscope at younger grade levels has increased student interest as well as their performance in science.  This article includes a sample activity for using microscopes with younger grade levels.

http://static.nsta.org/files/sc0501_30.pdf

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