Tharp Students Put Plants Under the Microscope

Hilliard City Schools

Students looking in microscopeIn 6th grade Science the students learn about the effects of osmosis on plant cells under the microscope. This week they used their iPads to photograph the magnified image of plant cells through the eyepiece. Students witnessed the devastation of salt to the vacuole of elodea leaf cells, how vinegar weakens the cell wall after osmotic pressure empties the vacuole and how plant structures like xylem and phloem work to get water to leaves and sugar to the plant after photosynthesis. Through blended learning opportunities using hands on experiments and technology these students are able to master the skills they need to accomplish in the standard.