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Interesting microscope activities - suggestions

Discussion in 'Science' started by bogstandardcomp, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. bogstandardcomp

    bogstandardcomp New commenter

    Hi all, my yr 7's coming up to do microscopes. Before we look at cells I like them to look at interesting things for practise such as: salt, sand, newspaper print, feathers.

    Anyone got any other suggestions of interesting things to look at?
  2. All sorts of things will be interesting for them to look at. Human hair is one of my favourites (it's the first thing I ever looked at down a microscope).
    If you're concerned about the microscopes and/or safety when using glass slides then you could always try at first using clear laminating pouchs.
    I used to trap stuff such as hair, pollen etc iside a laminating pouch and then run it through a laminator. I would then cut it into microscope-slide sized peices. It's good for the firat time the kids use a microscope.
  3. missmunchie

    missmunchie Occasional commenter

  4. bogstandardcomp

    bogstandardcomp New commenter

    Following on from the last post, copper turnings and a drop of silver nitrate under a microscope, pupils can see it themselve.

    Tks for other suggestions

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