"Cool" is the
word I heard over and over again as my kids (11 and 13) conducted the experiments
suggested in the lesson plans that accompany this powerful pocket microscope
kit. I shared their fascination with the surprises in store for us as we
examined skin, scabs, hair, cat whiskers, Iguana scales, fabric fibers,
newsprint, sugar crystals, plant leaves, and onion skin. It is so much
fun to look through a pocket microscope that a great deal of learning takes
place without any facilitating from a teacher or parent.
My kids have frequently been reluctant
to follow lesson plans in educational kits that I have purchased -- but this one they actually used and enjoyed. I suspect part of the reason is that all 14 lessons (and 30 hands-on
experiments) are simple to understand, come with diagrams that make the
instructions very clear, and the pages invited the kids to write notes
or draw pictures about their observations right on the lesson plans. Another
wonderful aspect about this kit is that it can be instantly tailored for
simple or complex investigations depending on the level of interest and
It also states quite clearly in the instructions that you can skip around
and do whatever lesson you like -- you don't have to follow a specific
order. So my kids were delighted that they could start out with a lesson that demonstrated
how microscopes work with image inversion, skip to studying cells in an
onion membrane, and then move to the lesson where you grow protozoa soup.
. . .
The comprehensive content and flexibility
of this simple kit is astounding. It really
does provide all of the equipment and guidance you need to conduct experiments
that will hold the interest of 8th graders as easily as it will 1st graders.
It comes with a parent's guide, lesson plans for a six week mini-course
in science (although my kids were so taken with it we covered most of the
material in 3 days), petri dishes, tweezers, solutions and mixtures for
various experiments, slides, a pocket microscope -- and the best part (in
my opinion) was not only a set of batteries for the microscope -- but a
backup set as well! The forethought that went into this fun kit is remarkable.
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