Investigating the Microscopic World: Designing authentic experiments using microscopy

(HS with extended period or two days) Students to learn not only about microscopy and the microscopic world, but about the nature of science and experimental design. Students observe several microscopic organisms with a hand lens, dissecting microscope and/or compound microscope, pose a question, propose a hypothesis, design and conduct an experiment, collect and interpret data. Materials available: Supplies list and directions. Students must keep notes of their experiment. A link to a free student note-taking worksheet is included: (

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