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Using the Microscope

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 60 minutes.

Group Size:
Small Groups


In this activity, students will learn to care for and focus a microscope.

Main Curriculum Tie:
SEEd - Grade 7 (2017)
Strand 7.3: Structure and Function of Life 7.3.1

Plan and carry out an investigation that provides evidence that the basic structures of living things are cells. Emphasize that cells can form single-celled or multicellular organisms and that multicellular organisms are made of different types of cells.


  • microscope
  • slide
  • cover slip
  • newspaper
  • scissors
  • water
  • dropper
  • worksheet


Background For Teachers:
The invention of the microscope was a break though for scientists. It opened up a new world of living organisms and insight into the structure of living things. For a microscope to be useful, it must be used properly and handled carefully.

Student Prior Knowledge:
name of equipment

Instructional Procedures:
Make sure that the students use the equipment carefully and watch the power cords.

Assessment Plan:
Scoring guide:
Five points for each of the questions and 5 points for the drawings. Total of 35 points

Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

Utah LessonPlans

Created Date :
Oct 02 2014 07:43 AM