Holly Hubregsen

6th Grade Life Science

Pittsford Middle School

Science 6th Grade Name________________________________

Unit 3 Microscopes Due Date October 29, 2002 Period_________


The main objectives of this activity are that students will be able to:

1. Know the characteristics of living things.

2. Name all parts of a microscope.

3. Know the function of each part of the microscope.

4. Use a microscope properly.

5. Make good sketches of what is seen under a microscope.

6. Become familiar with the history of the microscope.

7. Make accurate drawings of what is seen under a microscope.

8. Make a dry mount slide.

9. Make a wet mount slide.

10. Apply what you know about microscopes to new situations. (B level)

11. Present findings orally and/or visually in a clear, concise manner. (Level A and B)

Grades: 85 - 90 = C 75 - 84 = D 0 - 74 = F

Additional 12 - 15 pts. = B Additional 14 - 18 pts. = A

Section 1 "C" Level: Basic Understanding * = Indicates Required Activities Choose from the following activities to earn up to 90 points:
Points Earned Max Points Activities

5 *1 Characteristics of Living Things lecture and notes. 10/4

10 2 Characteristics of Living Things flash cards. OD

10 3 Characteristics of Living Things quiz at (secret name = bees17)

15 4 Living Things - book and worksheet. OD

5 *5 History of microscopes lecture and worksheet 10/17

5 *6 Microscope anatomy lecture. 10/7

15 7 "Microscope anatomy" worksheet OD

5 8 Book pp. 38 - 39 and worksheet

15 9 Microscope flash cards OD

15 10 Microscope anatomy and function quiz

5 *11 Microscope basics lecture. 10/9

10 12 "Microscope care" worksheet OD (demo)

10 13 "Power of magnification" OD

10 14 "Microscope Optics" OD

5 *15 Microscope drawings lecture 10/15

10 16 "Microscope Drawings" OD

10 17 "Dry Mount" worksheet OD

10 18 "Wet Mount" worksheet OD

10 19 Watch the video "World Within Worlds". (in library) Tell me the three most interesting things you learned. (23min) OD

10 *20 Play microscope/characteristics of living things bingo 10/21

10 21 Microscope quiz 10/23
Section 2 "B" Level: Application Select one activity to earn up to 15 points. In order to receive a "B," a student must have earned at least 85 points in the "C" category and 12 points in the "B" category.
Points Earned Maximum Points Activities

15 1 Microscopes and telescopes are very similar. Show how the lenses compare and contrast in these two tools. Why do they work the way they do? Write at least one good paragraph.

15 2 We have used the microscopes for many things in class. How else can microscopes be used? Write two good paragraphs.

15 3 Before putting it under the microscope, look closely at the object that Mrs. Hubie will give you. Now sketch what you think it will look like under 40x and 100x. Finally, actually look at them under the microscope and draw what you see at 40x and 100x.
Section 3 "A" Level: Critical Thinking Select one activity to earn up to 18 points. In order to receive an "A," a student must have earned at least 85 points in the "C" category and 12 points in the "B" category and 14 points in the "A" category. Choose only one.
Points Earned Maximum Points Activities

18 1 (Use A level sheet.) Look in three different science books at how they introduce microscopes and how they use them. Your paragraphs should tell which book's presentation you thought was the best and why.

18 2 A new student has joined our class and he/she doesn't know any English. Decide what are the most important things that he/she needs to know about the microscope and how to use it. Show me how you will teach him/her. (May need to plan to come during a free period. Must not take more than 7 minutes.)

18 3 Under the microscope, look at pond water and find two things. One should be something that you think is an animal, and the other should be something that you think is a plant. Make a good sketch of each and write several sentences that tell why you think each one is what you say it is.

Characteristics of living things vocabulary:






Microscope vocabulary:

Eyepiece or Ocular Body Tube

Nosepiece Coarse Adjustment Knob

Fine Adjustment Knob Slide

Stageclips Stage

Aperture Objective Lenses

Base Diaphragm

Arm Mirror or Lamp