Fossil Fuels and the Carbon Cycle
Prepare Slides of Microbes to Observe
Students will investigate representatives from three different groups with microscopic members: bacteria, fungi and protists. Students will create simple wet mounts on slides and observe specimens through a microscope. Obtain specimen samples in advance (see lesson PDF).
Students will not be able to observe many internal structures of bacteria or yeast. However, they may be able to see the nuclei, some organelles and cilia (tiny hairs outside the cell membrane) of paramecia. If you use pond water collected from natural sources or make your own, students will see a variety of microorganisms in the water, including algae, protozoans (informal designation used to describe motile, animal-like unicellular organisms) and small animals (such as water fleas—Daphnia—or insect larvae).
Throughout this activity, be sure to have students write down the magnifications at which they make their observations and drawings.
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Funded by the following grant(s)
My Health My World: National Dissemination
Grant Number: 5R25ES009259
The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Number: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932
Foundations for the Future: Capitalizing on Technology to Promote Equity, Access and Quality in Elementary Science Education