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Magnify It!
In this lesson, students will learn that there are limits to what the eye can see and that a magnifying glass can help extend those limits. Students may have been exposed to optical technology such as glasses, magnifying lenses, or even periscopes, microscopes, and telescopes. This lesson aims to channel the inventive energy of students to increase their awareness and purposeful use of tools. They will view objects of various sizes from several viewing distances to discover that their visual field is limited. Students will record what they see and will compare their observations with classmates in an open, nonjudgmental forum. They will have the opportunity to speculate about and experiment freely with magnifying glasses and will also conduct more structured experiments.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright AAAS 2002. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-519
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • B - Physical science:
        • Light, heat, electricity, and magnetism
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'Science Netlinks'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: AAAS, Science NetLinks