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Teaching and Learning Approaches

Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring Exploring with Microscopes.

  • Observation: learning to see – harakeke – Student Activity

    Observation is an important scientific skill. In this activity, students develop their observation skills by examining harakeke. It can also be used as a supporting activity within other learning topics.

  • Modelling animal cells in 3D – Student Activity

    In this activity, students make 3D models of specialised animal cells, imitating what can be seen under high-resolution microscopes.

  • Using lolly slices to build 3D images – Student Activity

    In this activity, students model how scientists interpret microscope data by using thin slices of jelly lollies to build up a 3D image.

  • Using shadows to build 3D images – Student Activity

    In this activity, students model how scientists interpret microscope data by using shadows of an object from different angles to build up a 3D image.

  • Which microscope is best? – Student Activity

    In this activity, students use the Which microscope? interactive to learn about various types of microscopes and discover which microscope is best for a specific sample type.

  • Ferns under the microscope – Student Activity

    In this activity, students see how increasing the power of magnification leads to much greater detail. They view the reproductive structures of ferns, moving from the naked eye to light microscopes to electron microscopes.