THE LESSON OBJECTIVE
Observing and discussing a living organism at different levels of magnification.
HOW THE VISUALISER/DOCUMENT CAMERA WAS USED
After the teacher walked around and showed each child the worm up close, we then looked at it through the visualiser which was positioned over a microscope eyepiece. The kids got to see what the worm looked like, and we were able to discuss how the worm moved around. After seeing it through the microscope, we removed the microscope and placed the worm under the visualiser alone. We looked at the worm itself, then added some dirt so the kids could see how the worm dug its way into the pile of dirt.
The benefits of the Visualiser/Document camera to teaching & learning
(1) We were able to view the organism through the microscope as a class, aiding the discussion and ensuring clarity
(2) Young kids can experience frustration and disappointment with microscopes, this allowed those kids to view the organism without experiencing these emotions
(3) Since we were viewing a living organism, using the visualiser ensured that it would not be harmed and would only experience minimal agitation