Magnifying and Observing Cells
What Are These?
Begin the activity by showing students photographs of two different kinds of plant cells. Let students talk about the images and offer their opinions about what the images represent. Explain that the images represent cells from two different plants and structures.
Explain to students that they will be creating slides and examining these same type of cells using microscopes. The activity uses plant cells because many are large and relatively easy to handle and observe (Elodea, left; onion skin, right).
- Moreno, N., Tharp, B., Erdmann, D., Rahmati Clayton, S., Denk, J. (2008). The Science of Microbes Teacher’s Guide. Houston, TX: BioEd.
- Walsh, J. Cells in Elodea leaf, showing plastids, elodea00. Micrographia, www.micrographia.com.
- Walsh, J. Onion epidermis. Micrographia, www.micrographia.com.
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