- Scientific scale
- 7.5.a - Students know plants and animals have levels of organization for structure and function including cells, tissues, organs, organ systems and the whole organism.
- 1.1.2 - Science Standard
- 1.1.3 - Science Standard
Prior knowledge & experience:
They need to know that microscopic organisms exist.
If they have had the opportunity to work with microscopes/satellite images before that would be useful.
Powers of 10 video may be helpful for understanding too.
What is important to know when viewing images and working with science concepts?
Science images are all about scale. You need to know the size of an object and when taking a photograph scale helps to identify what you are viewing.
Students often believe that microscopic objects are all the same size. (Bacteria, Ameoba and atoms are all the same size and can be seen under a microscope)
Students often believe that all microscopes are the same and all cells can be seen in a traditional light microscope.
Nikon Small World Website - Has contests for photographers of microscopic objects.
Scientific American Article - Contest of microscope photography.
Wired Science Article - Includes information about the last 35 years of microscope photography.
Visible Earth/NASA - Images of Earth from satellites above.
NASA Earth Observatory - Image of the day from NASA satellites.
Scale of the Universe - Site with a sliding scale showing relative size of different objects.
Photographs and Movies