Fun With Your Microscope

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See a whole new world! So many things are invisible to the naked eye, but under a microscope they spring to life. These hands-on science experiments show kids how to glimpse this magical, microscopic universe. Microscope basics cover microtomes, wet mounts, and smear and squash slides. Then take a close-up look at animal bone marrow, cartilage, and fur; the icky slime on your teeth in the morning; pollen and grass; stinging nettles; and many other objects. You'll get a "bright idea" for examining a burnt-out light bulb, do a "flaky experiment" with a snow crystal, and make "a good impression" by creating a surface print of a flower petal or leaf. Learn how forensic scientists use microscopes to help solve crimes. The dozens of wondrous photographs and funny drawings, along with intriguing science fair suggestions, encourage children to embark on their own microscopic explorations. 80 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 10. NEW IN PAPERBACK.

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Grade 4-7-After beginning with an explanation of a microscope's parts and uses, the authors discuss how to focus, making a smear slide, and a few other techniques. Colorful cartoons lighten the tone, and almost every page includes a full-color photo of a slide of a particular substance. These substances are divided into six categories: animal interiors; bacteria; creepy, crawly objects; plants; food; and everyday things. Each activity includes a list of what is needed as well as information about what to do and what happened or what one should see. Also included are "science fair" activities, which are extensions of the microscope activity just performed. For example, after examining "dust bunnies," it is suggested that readers look at dust from various parts of their houses, comparing the number of mites in different samples. Students are encouraged to keep a journal of their findings; an example of a simple layout for a page is included. This book will be useful for beginners as well as for youngsters who have had some experience with a microscope.
Allison Trent Bernstein, Blake Middle School, Medfield, MA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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