My friend shared a new book with me last week that is based on the fable, :Six Blind Men and the Elephant." It is called Seven Blind Mice. I use this story to introduce the power of observations, and how we try to understand the whole picture in science, and not just pieces. Unless we communicate, investigate, and collaborate, we won't know the big picture that surrounds us.
So I read that story as well as the story of the man who learned how to photograph snowflakes. It should really be winter outside, but it hit 60 degrees this week, so the snowflake story might have been a little too late to tell!
We returned to Dr. Seuss as we talked about Horton Hears a Who. I always use a clip from this movie (either popular version) as I introduce microbiology. Horton uses one of his senses to accept that there is something out there that exists even if he can't see it. He spends the rest of the story trying to protect the Who's even if others don't believe they exist.
I taught the kids that an entire world of organisms exist right under our noses and we have to use tools and technology to learn about them. I taught them about microscopes, the history, the parts, and the different kinds of microscopes. And then I let them loose to investigate.
I think my favorite moment is when an older child came up to me and asked if he could take a dead wasp that he had found in a window sill and look at it under the dissecting scope. Great idea! A parent actually took pictures of some of the slides with her phone, so I have included one. It was a good session, albeit a busy session. Oh the places they will go with their brains and their feets!