Microscopes

You’ve probably used microscopes in science class. But how do they enable us to see things we’d never detect with the naked eye? In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby will teach you how microscopes employ a combination of convex and concave lenses to magnify objects we want to see up-close! You’ll find out about the different parts of a simple light microscope and discover just how it is that they make small things look big! Plus, you'll learn about some of the more modern telescope types, including electron microscopes and scanning probe microscopes. Hooray for microscopes!

Scientist Role Play Lesson Plan: MedMyst Animal Alert! Game

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 5-12, students will use an online game to explore how 3 careers in science are interrelated. During game play, they will determine why a mysterious illness has spread and how to stop it. The role-playing allows students to discover how epidemiologists, microbiologists, and veterinarians work as a team to stop an infectious disease outbreak, root out its causes, and save the local population. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Virtual Labs Lesson Plan: pH Scale and Meter Calibration

In this Virtual Labs lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 3-12, students explore an online interactive game to learn about the pH scale and its uses in food science. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Virtual Labs Lesson Plan: Using the Microscope

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students practice using a microscope in a virtual lab. Students use BrainPOP resources to learn how microscopes work, and then use a free online interactive to practice choosing the correct microscope lens, adjust lighting and magnification, and prepare a slide for viewing on a compound optical microscope in order to analyze yogurt samples and test for Salmonella and E. coli. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Energy Technology and Science Industries Lesson Plan: STEM Careers of the Future

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students will analyze a slideshow of the 10 best careers of the future. Students will use BrainPOP and other internet resources to research one of these careers, or design their own career based upon the most pressing 21st century needs identified in the slideshow. Each student will create an individual slide and description based on his or her selected career to create a collaborative slideshow about STEM careers of the future. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

Science Fair Lesson Plan: Planning Projects with BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr.

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-12, students use BrainPOP and/or BrainPOP Jr. resources to learn about planning projects when they create a science fair exhibit.  They will select their topic, explore the criteria for planning, and design a compelling and realistic experiment based on their topic. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

STEM Skills Lesson Plan: STEM to the Rescue!

In this lesson plan that is adaptable for grades 3-12, students use BrainPOP and other online resources to research a science, engineering, or technology topic, and create a digital public service announcement to raise awareness of the topic. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »

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