Eye, Magnifying Glass, Microscope
photographs by Bruce Iverson
There are many ways to look at things around us. You can look at flowers with your eyes and see beautiful colors and patterns.
A magnifying glass makes the flower look bigger. You see details that your eye missed.
And with a very powerful microscope you can see these spiky balls. They are the grains of powdery pollen that bees collect when they make honey—and that can make you sneeze!
You might see this orb weaver spider spinning its web in your garden.
Look closer and you can see its head and where its legs attach to its body.
If you could look at it under a microscope, you might not even know you were looking at a spider's head.
You can see a leaf with your eyes.
With a magnifying glass you can look closer at the veins that carry food and water to the plant.
But you need a microscope to see the tiny openings on the leaf that let air in and out.
- A microscope is used to see things that are too small to see with our eyes alone. Microscopes can make tiny things look big.
- Describe the shape and color of the flower and of the leaf. How are the properties different?
[anno: Answers may vary but could include that the flower has a round shape and is yellow. The leaf has more of an oval shape and is green. The flower and the leaf have different shapes and different colors.]
- Try to guess what kind of food has these properties. The food is red and round. It has seeds on the outside. It is juicy and tastes sweet. What is the food?
[anno: Answers may vary but could include a strawberry.]
- Now write a list of properties for an object. Do not name what the object is. See if someone can guess what the object is by reading your list.
[anno: Answers will vary.]