One of These Things is Not Like the Other


Using a 50X microviewer, participants will observe textiles and other materials for microscopic similarities and differences. They will construct a game board in which "one is not like the other" and then challenge another participant to decipher the unlike material.

Intended Audience


5-8 X
9-12 X

Learning Objectives

By completing this activity, the student will be able to:


  1. Demonstrate the use of the microviewer
  2. Recognize microscopic similarities between materials
  3. Compare and contrast microscopic characteristics of materials
  4. Create a classification scheme of like and unlike materials
  5. Support their critical thinking and organization of their classification system.
  6. Gain an appreciation for the Science of Taxonomy
  7. Identify reasons why it is important to classify organisms  

Necessary Student Background

None required.


Microscopic, Microviewer, Classification, Taxonomy.

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One of These Things is Not Like the Other (11 pages)