For elementary school students, any opportunity for hands-on learning is valuable. With digital microscopes, students have an exciting new tool with which to explore science, math, and other interdisciplinary concepts. Allow your students to discover the world around them with these creative lesson plans that incorporate digital microscopes.
Explore Melting Ice
Your students have surely seen ice melt in a glass of water or the melting icicles at the end of winter, but have they ever seen this process magnified under a microscope camera? This lesson plan works well for second- and third-grade students. Begin by putting two ice cubes on a plate and asking your class to predict what will happen if you put salt on one of the ice cubes. Sprinkle it on and place the handheld digital microscope above the salted cube. As they observe the ice cube for one minute, have them take notes and discuss what they see. Continue watching and take pictures of the cubes every four minutes. At the end of the lesson, have the students draw conclusions about the effects of salt on ice.
Explore The Anatomy Of A Plant
Robert Hooke first discovered cells in 1665 when he observed a cork under a microscope. Your students can examine cells as well. Designed for any grade between kindergarten and fourth grade, this lesson teaches students about the different parts of a plant and their functions. Split the classroom into groups and assign each group a plant part to look at under a digital microscope. Have them take notes about their assigned parts, and help them to save digital images of each part. Then, switch the groups so each has a member who studied a different plant part. Have the students share information with the others about the plant part they now know well.
This lesson is designed as a math exercise, but it makes good use of microscope cameras and their ability to zoom in closely. Hold several coins in your hand under the microscope, adjust the focus, and slowly move your hand so the students only see part of each coin. Have them write an estimated guess of the total value of the coins. Show the students a full view of the coins and total the amount as a group. Encourage students who were closest in their estimate to explain how they found their answer. Then, do it all over again with a new coin combination.
To discover three more classroom lessons that use digitally-enabled microscopes, stay tuned for Part Two. And, to learn more about Dino Lite Microscopes, contact our team today.