Aug 152013

Photo Credit: Frank Fox

Examination of water under a microscope uncovers a whole new world that is invisible to the standard human eye. In this activity, students examine the microscopic life in water from multiple sources to find out if there is life in them and if it is different between sources. Students draw pictures of what they see in microscopes and draw conclusions about what they found. Experts suggest that this activity is one of the best at stimulating a child’s interest in exploring the natural world.

At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify microscopic organisms that are found in water
  • Differentiate between organisms found in different water sources (lakes, ponds, rivers, drinking, fish tank, etc…)


Lesson Plan

Student worksheet

Phytoplankton guide

Lesson Created by Brook Wilke