A light microscope (LM) is an instrument that uses visible light and magnifying lenses to examine small objects not visible to the naked eye, or in finer detail than the naked eye allows. Light microscopes date at least to 1595, when Zacharias Jansen (1580–1638) of Holland invented a compound light microscope, one that used two lenses, with the second lens further magnifying the image produced by the first.
Lesson 1 (or “Day 1”) Material
Lesson 2 (or “Day 2”) Material
- Day 2 Instructor Presentation
- Day 2 Student Handout
- Day 2 Rubric
- Read Biology 28 – Light microscope
- Read Biology 28 – Make a simple microscope
- Read Biology Textbook – pages R8-R10
Lesson 3 (or “Day 3”) Material
Lesson 4 (or “Day 4”) Material
4:34 Cell Division in Eukaryotic Cells
4:23 BIOLOGY 10 – Basic Microscope Setup and Use
2:26 Parts of a Microscope | Mocomi Kids
Compare Contrast and Debate
Resources Documents and Links
- Perform Lab 22 – Grow mold / Use microscope
- Write a letter – Use of a Light Microscope (pdf)
- Launch cK-12 – Eukariotic Cell Division (pdf)
- Distribute LS28 Making_Multiples.tns
Special Notes and Notices
- Science & Engineering Practice: Plan and conduct investigations.
- Cross-Cutting Concept: Systems and System Models.