Take a Closer Look - Introduction to Microscopes for Young Scientists
Introducing the tools of scientists, this unit focuses on how to use microscopes for science discovery. Beginning with how the microscope works, students learn about the parts of a microscope, prepared and unprepared slides, how to look at a slide, and how to draw what they observe. This unit provides an excellent foundation for upper-level science courses that have the tendency to move quickly through basic microscope skills. Recommended resources include an elementary microscope with a built-in light, three objective lenses, a single adjustment knob (fine adjustment is not necessary) and a stage stop. Also recommended is a magnifying glass, talcum powder, table salt, sugar, tiny bug or bug parts (or prepared slide), pond water, six blank slides and slide covers, and the following prepared slides: gnat or tiny bug with wings, a feather and onion skin.
This book gives young scientists all they need to know to begin using microscopes, discovering the unseen world all around them. Along with simple but informative explanations of how to use a microscope and how to prepare slides, this book is packed with activities that get students observing the microscopic world.
With the accompanying learning guide, a student is guided in using an elementary-level microscope to look at things such as a talcum powder, table salt, sugar, parts of insects and pond water.
Hands-on and self-pacing, this new science series meets the learning needs of diverse learners. Courses are well-written, engaging, and focus on mastery of information. With the flexible, independent pacing, students should expect to complete each course in 10-17 hours, with an end of unit exam to ensure mastery. Home Study Kits include several components: the softcover Student Text, the Student Learning Guide, and Teacher Resource Packet. Written from a religiously neutral perspective, so no evolution or intelligent design is discussed.
Abundantly illustrated, the textbook is written to the student and provides many hands-on activities. Students will appreciate the well placed spacing of text and graphics. The layout is truly inviting and not visually overwhelming. The Student Learning Guide supports independent learning by giving students the course purpose and basic instructions to follow. Following this brief introduction, the guide provides steps to complete in order. Steps cover chapter readings and activities. After completing each step, lines are provided for students to initial, and on occasion, the teacher/parent also verifies the step is completed, and initials. Activities vary and include drawing and labeling in a science journal, finding related items, discussing with the teacher, and related hands-on activities or experiments. See individual courses for more detail. The Teacher Resource Packet includes the overall publisher philosophy called Swimming Upstream, background information with materials list, the end of unit exam, exam answers, and a Certificate of Achievement. Components are sold in sets called Home Study Kits and are not available individually. Topical Home Study Kits are available individually or in grade level packages that align with the publisher’s recommended sequence:
- Take a Closer Look - An Introduction to Microscopes for Young Scientists
- World of Plants - How Plants Live & Grow for Young Scientists
- Let's Find it! - All About Maps and Globes for Young Scientists
- Light Bulbs, Switches and Batteries - Hands-on Electricity for Young Scientists
- Our Amazing Planet - Introduction to Geography for Young Scientists
- The Young Scientist - An Introduction to Observation and Discovery
- The Fabulous Human Body - Anatomy for Young Scientists
- Let's Make Things Go! - All About Engines for Young Scientists
- World of Electricity - Everyday Electricity for Young Scientists
- Circulation of the Blood - The Circulatory System for Young Scientists
- World of Machines - An Introduction to Simple Machines for Young Scientists
Items in this section tend to be instructional frameworks, or unit studies with a "core" teaching resource supplemented with additional text and/or activity resources.