Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Dig Out the Microscope!



My favorite part of science is a microscope. I love to look at things through a microscope. My mom was in nursing school when I was a little girl and one day she took us to the science lab. It was incredible. There was so much to see, to take in. And the microscopes--very, very nice microscopes.

With the end of Adisson's electricity unit began his organisms unit. I knew what that meant---MICROSCOPE!! You'd think my love of the instrument would mean we would have a very nice microscope. We don't. But what we have is sufficient, for now. :)

The start of our new unit was the discussion of cells. I began searching for some science printables, kindergarten through fourth grade as I figured that would be the range in which both boys could participate.  Once those were printed, we gathered our supplies.  Our experiment called for dyeing a piece of onion skin with food coloring to better see the cells in the skin of the onion.  I've been looking up some information online regarding science about plants and also have a few books on the shelf to reference as well.  Also, if you decide to do this experiment, be forewarned that blue food coloring instantly turns your skin blue.  It also doesn't come off right away. :)

Microscope, food coloring, onion, and experiment details.


Blue onion skin.

A blurry view of what we saw under the scope.

The boys enjoyed using the microscope. It's exciting to see a world so tiny, one you cannot see with just your eyes. After this experiment, we discussed Robert Hooke and how he changed the way we see things by using a microscope.  Then, the boys had some time to look at the prepared slides that had come in our kit.  Naturally, they enjoy the slides of bugs and/or bug parts the most.  They are anxious to get to other experiments in the coming weeks. 

This week, another winter storm is headed for us.  We have plenty of food and plenty to keep us busy.  My greatest concern is losing power because I don't fancy the idea of being without heat.  If you are in the path of a storm this week, I'll be praying power stays on for both of us!  Don't tell anyone, but as much as I dislike (maybe even hate) the cold weather and snow, it sure is pretty when it's falling.  shhhhhh.....

Anyway, what are some of your favorite things to look at under the microscope?  






7 comments:

  1. Sounds like fun. Makes me want to get a microscope.

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  2. It was not too long ago that I was taking A&P at a local college. There, they had us looking at many things, under the microscope. It was very interesting & fun!
    ~>I was planning on buying one for homeschool use soon, but after reading your blog post, I think I will get on Amazon.com and order one today ;)

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    1. You'll have to let me know what you get and if you like it! I'm pretty sure that a nicer microscope is on my list of things to purchase this year! :)

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  3. My daughter got a "good" microscope at her request for her 13th birthday. We got it from Amscope and it is supposed to be sufficient to get us through high school. I sure hope so anyway. I have been looking for the pigments to dye things. The shipping on the pigment kit was outrageous so I haven't gotten any yet. I had no idea you could use food coloring! I am so excited! Thanks for sharing that, my daughter will love it!

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    1. Oh Linda, I turned my fingers blue for two days! :) But one drop dyed the onion skin right away. I hope your daughter is enjoying her microscope!

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  4. We love the microscope! Sometimes I'm all "coooool." Others, all I can say is "wwwwww." LOL. Looking forward to trying the onion skin with my boys! :)

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    1. Onion skin wasn't as cool as insect bodies (which we have a few of in our box of prepared slides), but it seemed interesting enough. :)

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