Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Making a Wet Mount Slide - Section 3: Students in Action


It is important to remember that the standards are a guide. They are at most minimum students should master in the content area. Standards are like the floor, the ceiling in learning should have no limit.

Using the microscope and making the slides are not explicit standards. However when we can present information to students in multiple modalities and in a variety of context then we are deepening their conceptual understanding. Students will be better able to transfer knowledge to new situations when their learning experiences are varied.

It can be difficult to understand the microscopic world from a textbook or website alone. Students love working with the microscope. Making slides is an excellent way to build background information for continued studies.

Our responsibility is to extend the standards when needed to engage our students and deliver a curriculum that builds conceptual understanding.

  Extending the Standards
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Extending the Standards
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Making a Wet Mount Slide

Unit 8: Understanding Our Cells
Lesson 4 of 6

Objective: SWBAT make a wet mount slide to examine onion cells and cheek cells.

Big Idea: What do plant cells (onion cells) and animals cells (cheek cells) look like under the microscope?

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Science, Cells and Cellular Processes, scale, microscope, function, slides
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