Lesson plan

Looking closely at living things

Summary
Students are shown how to look closely using their eyes, a magnifer and, if possible, a microscope.
Science content
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Biology: Classification of Living Things, Biodiversity (1, 3)
Procedure

Careful observation is a simple but important skill of a scientist.

Two lesson formats used so far:

1. Start with habitat survey outside on the school grounds.
Students choose items to bring back to the classroom at look at more closely with Magnifers and Microscopes. (If they are live they need to be cared for, then returned to where they were found.)
Conclude that careful observation is the first step to understanding more about our world and the living things in it.

2. Set up Magnifers and Microscopes outdoors. Show students how to use them if necessary.
Ask students to find anything that interests them.
They can look at an object closely with a magnifier, then look at it more closely with a microscope.
End with an outdoor game: close-up hunt

Notes

Weir did #1 lesson.
Science Club did #2 lesson.

Grades taught
Gr K
Gr 1
Gr 2
Teaching Site
Gordon Elementary Science Club
Weir Elementary