Reflection: Real World Applications Dude, Scope This Out! (Day #1 of 2) - Section 2: Anticipatory Set ("Hook")


The microscope has to be the quintessential tool of biologists. Remarkably, it is not typically the freakish, bizarre, or freakishly bizarre specimens that students gravitate toward. As I taught about the structure and function of microscopes, leading toward some really cool biological specimens (or so i thought), two students approached me with a proposal. Could they look at sugar and salt under the microscope? I was thinking that they wanted to go outside and dredge up the nastiest specimen imaginable and was quite surprised at their innocuous suggestion. Of course I said yes and I was reminded that the simple things are almost the most appealing perhaps only for their simplicity.

We managed to take some cell phone pictures of the magnified crystals and they turned out really cool! The other cool thing that came out of this was a new appreciation for what is already right in front of me (especially when I eat french fries and drink coffee with sugar)! Talk about a real world application!

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Dude, Scope This Out! (Day #1 of 2)

Unit 2: 2) Cells ("Form and Function")
Lesson 6 of 20

Objective: SWBAT develop the skills and knowledge to proficiently use the compound microscope.

Big Idea: The microscope is, perhaps, the most essential tool for biologists. Therefore, students must know how to effectively use it to investigate the microscopic world.

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Science, cells, form vs. function, microscope, investigation, independent study, exploration
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