Reflection: Adjustments to Practice The Cell Lab: Working with Microscopes (Day 3 of 3) - Section 3: The Classroom Flow: Wrapping Up


In the past, I have tried microscope labs using all sorts of interesting prepared slides and similar plant and animal cell investigations using pond water.  However, this version of the lab worked quite a bit better and based upon student feedback and my observations, I attribute that shift to the way we incorporated student personal devices into our investigation.  Having students experiment with ways to photograph their slide views promoted collaboration and increased focus and engagement because this job was one that required multiple hands, ideas, and feedback to determine the best way to get the shot they wanted.  The micrographs allowed students to collaborate across table groups and gave me a better way to question students as a check for understanding about the main biology concepts involved in the activity using their self-generated pictures.  Next year, I am going to make our casual foray into using photography in the lab into something much more deliberate, adding it into the lab document itself and having students share out their process and products with the class--I envision having each group present their best micrograph and point out the major parts of the cell.  I am really looking forward to this way of incorporating technology into our lesson in a meaningful way for students and their learning process.  I look forward to hearing how you tinker with this lesson with your students to make it even more useful!

  Making Microscope Work Engaging and Relevant
  Adjustments to Practice: Making Microscope Work Engaging and Relevant
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The Cell Lab: Working with Microscopes (Day 3 of 3)

Unit 5: Unit 5: A Tour of the Cell
Lesson 5 of 7

Objective: SWBAT independently and effectively use a light microscope to view and identify cells.

Big Idea: Check out my version of the classic microscopes and cells lab experience using an engaging online tutorial and encouraging students to take their own micrographs to share!

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Science, Cells and Cellular Processes, cell membrane, cellular components, Life Science/Biology, microscope, prokaryote, nucleus, Cytoplasm, eukaryote, cell
  50 minutes
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