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Old 01-26-2020, 05:18 AM
 
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My school has enough microscopes for my fourth graders to use, but I have never used them with my class in the past. I always shy away from doing something I've never done before.

I'd like to be brave and do something with them on a Fun Friday. Any ideas on something quick and easy I can put in place? Thanks for your insight.


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Old 01-26-2020, 05:29 AM
 
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I don't, sorry. But you also should post in the Busy Board and 4th grade board if you haven't already. Hopefully, you'll get some great ideas.
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Check Youtube and Pinterest for ideas. Just having them know how to zoom and and out and look through the eyepiece will be a great deal of fun for them!
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I did this in third and fourth grade. I bought parts of plant and animal slides. I had them look through the microscope and practice using the settings. They drew what they saw and wrote a few sentences about it. Next, they did research on the plant or animal that they viewed and completed a Google doc with facts. They loved it! We did this once or twice a marking period. I bought the slides several years ago. I will try to find a link for you.
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We've also looked at newsprint under the microscope. You can see the pixels and it gave them an idea of how tiny the scale is. They liked it. But they liked everything we did with microscopes!


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Old 01-26-2020, 08:28 AM
 
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Even if you don't have slides, you could have them look at a variety of different objects under the microscope. Yarn, different types of paper, plant parts (like a PP said), etc. Maybe have each microscope with a different object and then students can rotate through. Maybe they could then draw and write about what they notice? What they were surprised by? Etc.
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Look at water from different sources: pond, river, tap, distilled, etc.
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