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Fun with your microscope
Levine, Shar, 1953-
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Publication Information:
New York : Sterling Pub. Co., [1998]

Physical Description:
80 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Presents basic techniques for using a microscope to observe and investigate a variety of materials that might be found around the house. Also includes experiments and ideas for science fair projects.
General Note:
Includes index.
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QH278 .L47 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QH278 .L47 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QH278 .L47 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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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. The dozens of wondrous photographs and drawings, and intriguing science fair suggestions, encourage children to embark on their own microscopic explorations.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. This introduction to using the microscope begins with basic information about the equipment, a list of additional materials needed for making slides, slide-making techniques, and safety precautions. Following this overview, 36 diverse experiments, which encourage young scientists to observe and investigate the world around them, are arranged in categories, including animals, bacteria, plants, food, and common household items. For each experiment, a brief introductory statement, a list of specific materials to be used, detailed instructions to follow, expected results, and additional, related science fair project ideas are presented. Surrounded by areas of white space, the readable text is accompanied by full-color photographs of actual slides, watercolor line drawings, and informative sidebars. Because all the experiments require the use of a microscope, the target audience will be limited. But young scientists who own a microscope or teachers who are introducing this area of science in the classroom will find the attractive, hands-on book useful. --April Judge

School Library Journal Review

Gr 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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.