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Ch 2: Basic Science Lab Skills Lesson Plans

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The Basic Science Lab Skills chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the knowledge essential to carrying out scientific investigations and observations safely and accurately in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Basic Science Lab Skills chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Lab measurements Units of measurement, types of measurement
Tuesday Lab-related phenomena Meniscus, displacement, using observed and measured phenomena
Wednesday Lab equipment Typical lab equipment and its uses, including balances, beakers, Bunsen burners, eye droppers, graduated cylinders, hot plates, petri dishes and pipettes
Thursday Lab safety Principles of lab safety; how lab safety is carried out through protective gear, actions like hand-washing and labeling containers, and the presence of emergency equipment like eye wash stations and fire extinguishers
Friday Compound microscope How a compound microscope works, the parts of a compound microscope

6 Lessons in Chapter 2: Basic Science Lab Skills Lesson Plans
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Understanding Laboratory Measurements: Units & Types

1. Understanding Laboratory Measurements: Units & Types

There are many different units that can be used for measurements. This may not only lead to incorrect data measurements, but also to confusion about which units are most appropriate. Therefore, a standard set of units is used for each type of measurement in the biology lab.

What Is a Meniscus? - Definition, Uses & Lab Examples

2. What Is a Meniscus? - Definition, Uses & Lab Examples

Liquids can be tricky to measure because surface tension causes them to do interesting things like forming a meniscus. In this video lesson you'll learn what a meniscus is, why it forms, and how to correctly read the volume of a liquid using the meniscus at the surface.

Using Displacement to Calculate the Volume of an Object

3. Using Displacement to Calculate the Volume of an Object

Determining the volume of an object is easy if that object is uniform and has a regular shape. For objects that are irregularly shaped, using the edges is not so straightforward, so instead we can measure the volume by displacement.

Common Laboratory Equipment: Types & Uses

4. Common Laboratory Equipment: Types & Uses

Biologists use all kinds of equipment in their labs to run their experiments. In this lesson, you'll identify some of the most common pieces of equipment as well as when you should or shouldn't use them.

Laboratory Safety Techniques: Protecting People and Equipment

5. Laboratory Safety Techniques: Protecting People and Equipment

Laboratory safety is not fun, but following the rules ensures that lab activities can be enjoyed by everyone. In this lesson, we cover some basic lab safety rules to follow that will help lab time be both safe and fun.

Introduction to the Compound Microscope: Parts & Uses

6. Introduction to the Compound Microscope: Parts & Uses

The compound light microscope is a useful tool in any biology laboratory. In this lesson, you'll be introduced to the parts of a compound microscope, as well as understand the function of each of those parts.

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