Spiders and Insects
Move slowly and calmly when capturing spiders or insects. Don't rush. If the spider is in a web, place the viewing chamber on one side of the web, the lid on the other side and slise the lid on the web, capturing the spider. Observe eyes, legs, movement, eating and drinking behavior. Put a living fly in with your spider and see what happens. Always feed and provide water for your captives. Keep chambers cool and out of direct sunlight.
Watching these single cell creatures through Discovery Scope© is facinating. Pond water may contain protozoans like Paramecium, Stentor, Vorticella, and Volvox. Feed the protozoans small amounts of tropical fishfood, powered milk, or grains of uncooked rice. By adding a little food and keeping them in a cool place, you may start up permanent communities, the best way to learn about these fascinating single cells.
Yard, Park, or Forest
The most interesting organisms are found just after a rainfall. Examine moss, leaves, fungi, insects, mites, millipedes, worms, and other animals. Looking at flowers is a rewarding experience because of their complex structures. Watch for insects living in the flowers. You may find aphids and observe their live birth phenomenon. Termites can be kept in chambers and their social behavior observed.
Garden soil is swarming with life. Place a small amount of decaying leaves in your clear view chamber and look for the tiny creatures that live in teh soil. Observe the internal structures of a living earthworm. Using our invertebrate press and a small earthworm, 1" to 3" long, see the beating hearts and waves of peristaltic contractions in the intestine. Look at the tiny bristles that worms use for moving through the soil.
If you live near or visit a seashore, Discovery Scope© will show you an intriguing view of the marine world. Explore the rocks and tide pools, the sand, the shells, driftwood, and the saltwater. Study the larvae of crabs and shirmps collected in a net.
The most common items hold surprises when viewed with Discovery Scope©. Examine things in your home that can fit into the cham bers, clamp, or on transparent tape (sugar, salt, dishwater foam, velcro, wool, cotton, and man-made fibers).
Become familiar with your subject through Discovery Scope© and then go to reference books and learn more about it. Is it plant, mineral, animal, or manufactured? Where does it come from and how does it effect the environment? Cross curriculum lines with reading and writing opportunities, spelling/vocabulary, social studies, geography and art, as well as biology.
DO NOT point Discovery Scope© or any other viewing device directly at the sun!
DO NOT collect poisonous spiders or other arthropods such as bees, wasps, centipedes, or sporpions!