Tuesday, December 5, 2017

For a Good Time - Break out the Microscope

Saturday, while we were out in town to do our grocery shopping, we stopped by Hobby Lobby to pick up some new ornaments for our tree.  It's a new store and up until it's opening, we hadn't been to a Hobby Lobby in nearly 10 years so we were pretty excited to have one open up here.  Once we snagged the ornaments we wanted, we took a look around and I about freaked when I saw them selling a set of 5 microscope slides that had muscle and nerve samples.  After my 40% off coupon, I ended up snagging these for 5 bucks. 

The kids have been taking Anatomy and Physiology this year and while we finished the section on the muscles a few weeks back, I thought it would be fun to revist what we had looked at in our text book and compare those photos with what we could see in the slides.  (We will be using the Nerve slides in a few weeks). 

Enter Jack, our beloved Elf on the Shelf.  Our Elf loves Science and he left a hint that we needed to have a microscope lab today.  

Skeletal Muscle 

Even Alyssa came in to take a look.

Drawing what she was viewing through the scope.  They each keep a composition book where they draw their observations.  Since this was our first microscope lab for our A&P course, new composition books were started.

Separated Smooth Muscle cells

Cardiac Muscle

This was a piece of mom's hair.  I know I have a ton of split ends, and they wanted to look at a piece of hair, so what the hay ;)

The kids didn't want to stop at just our muscle cells, so they looked at a few slides that we have for our Apologia Biology slide set.  This was a slide of the scales from a butterfly's wing.

We always have a great time on Microscope lab day and the kids love hands-on science, so it was a win/win.  Thanks for the suggestion, Jack :)

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