# Station Cards - The Science Spot

Station 1
Mystery Pictures
What is it?
Study the mystery photos and
try to identify each one!
HINT: They are all common objects that might
be found in your home or a classroom.
Write your guesses for the mystery items in
the Station 1 section of your worksheet.
Do you have other objects that would make good mystery
make a digital picture using the microscope camera.
Extra time? Work on your puzzles or study for your microscope quiz!
T. Trimpe 2003
http://sciencespot.net/
Station 2
Make It Simple
Directions:
(1) You will need one slide, an eyedropper, and a small cup of water to create
a simple lens. You will also need a standard ruler and a hand lens.
(2) Place one drop of water in the middle of the slide and hold over the letter
“e” in the box at right.
 Move the slide up and down until you get the letter in focus.
Measure the distance between the slide and table.
e
(3) Place another drop of water in the middle of the slide and hold
over the letter “e” again.
 Move the slide up and down until you get the words in focus. Measure the
distance between the slide and table.
(4) Place another drop of water in the middle of the slide and hold over the
letter “e” again.
 Move the slide up and down until you get the words in focus. Measure the
distance between the slide and table.
 How does the view of the “e” change as you add more drops of water?
(5) Use the hand lenses provided to view the letter “e”.
 Move the hand lens up and down until you get the words in focus. Measure
the distance between the slide and table.
 How does the view of the “e” with the hand lens compare to the water lens?
Extra time? Work on your puzzles or study for your microscope quiz!
T. Trimpe 2003
http://sciencespot.net/
Station 3
Select-A-Slide
Let’s learn how to view a slide ...
(1) Select a slide and set it on the STAGE making sure the specimen is centered
over the OPENING in the stage. Carefully anchor it in place using the STAGE
CLIPS.
(2) Rotate the NOSEPIECE to center the LOWEST power OBJECTIVE lens
(3) While looking through the eyepiece, rotate the large COARSE adjustment knob
to get your specimen in view. Use the small FINE adjustment knob to SHARPEN
the image and make it clear.
(4) To increase magnification, rotate the NOSEPIECE to center the next largest
OBJECTIVE LENS (middle-sized objective) over your specimen. You may need
to use the FINE adjustment knob to sharpen the image.
(5) To view your specimen under the highest magnification, rotate the nosepiece to
center the LARGEST objective lens (longest objective) over your specimen. You
may need to use the fine adjustment knob to sharpen the image.
WARNING: Be careful using the COARSE adjustment knob with the
HIGHEST power objective! Always watch the stage from the SIDE to make sure
the slide doesn’t touch the objective LENS.
Choose one specimen and draw it as it appears in three different powers of
magnification. Answer all of the questions in the Station 3 area of your
worksheet.
Done? Be sure to clean up your area and put away your materials!
Extra time? Work on your puzzles or study for your microscope quiz!
T. Trimpe 2003
http://sciencespot.net/
Station 4
Pond Water Critters
Let’s learn how to make a wet mount slide ...
(1) Place ONE drop of pond water in the middle of a clean slide.
(2) Place a COVER SLIP on one side of the drop of water and slowly lower it over
the drop of water.
(3) Place the SLIDE on the STAGE making sure the specimen is centered over the
OPENING in the stage. For pond water samples, you do not need to anchor the
slide with a stage clip. This will allow you to move the slide around for viewing.
(4) Rotate the NOSEPIECE to center the LOWEST power OBJECTIVE lens
(5) While looking through the eyepiece, rotate the large COARSE adjustment knob
to get your specimen in view. Use the small FINE adjustment knob to SHARPEN
the image and make it clear.
(6) To increase magnification, rotate the NOSEPIECE to center the next largest
OBJECTIVE LENS (medium-sized objective) over your specimen. You may need
to use the FINE adjustment knob to sharpen the image.
(7) To view your specimen under the highest magnification, rotate the nosepiece to
center the LARGEST objective lens (longest objective) over your specimen. You
may need to use the fine adjustment knob to sharpen the image.
WARNING: Be careful using the COARSE adjustment knob with the
HIGHEST power objective! Always watch the stage from the SIDE to make sure
the slide doesn’t touch the objective LENS.
Use the pond water guides to help you identify the organisms you see in your
samples. Answer all of the questions in the Station 4 section of your
worksheet.
Done? Be sure to clean up your area and put away your materials!
Extra time? Work on your puzzles or study for your microscope quiz!
T. Trimpe 2003
http://sciencespot.net/
Station 5
Scope Basics
Activity 1: Vocab Challenge
Challenge the other students in your group to correctly match all the
cards in the shortest amount of time.
Vocab Challenge Rules:
(1) You may lay out one half of the cards (such as all the terms). The other
half (such as all the definitions) should be shuffled and placed in one pile on
the table in front of you.
(2) Have another student time you and check your answers when you are
done. All the cards must be correct to count your time!
Activity 2: Parts & Pieces
Place the labels in the correct location on the microscope diagram to test
your knowledge of the parts of the microscope. How fast can you match
the parts correctly?
Rate your efforts on these two activities. Record your rating in the
chart in the Station 5 section of your worksheet.
Done? Put away the materials so they are ready for the next group.
Extra time? Work on your puzzles or study for your microscope quiz!
T. Trimpe 2003
http://sciencespot.net/
Station 6
Microscopes Online
Directions:
(1) Open your internet browser and go to http://sciencespot.net/
(2) Click the Kid Zone graphic.
(3) Click “Microscopes” (listed under Biology) to find the links you
need.
(4) Visit the sites listed below and rate your efforts by circling a face
in the chart in the Station 6 section of your worksheet.
Site #1 – BrainPop Virtural Lab
Experiment with the different options and then take the quiz.
How did you do?
Site #2 - Microscope Parts Quiz
Try the quiz and click the “Check” button.
Correct the questions you missed. How did you do?
Site#3 - Quia - Microscope Mania Game
Try the game several times and see if you can
match the cards correctly. How did you do?
Extra time? Work on your puzzles or study for your microscope quiz!
T. Trimpe 2003
http://sciencespot.net/