Sand Magnification excercise
What substances or materials can you think of to explore through magnification? Examples of different materials to examine might include soils, fossils, diatomaceous earth, chalk, table salt, and dust. Other ideas: Sugar vs. salt, rocks, leaves, sliced fruit, your hand, hair, feathers, etc. You can also check for the presence of magnetite by running a magnet under the paper containing the sand sample. Magnetite will collect against the paper.
- Sand magnification exercise (27 KB PDF)
- Chart for observations (687 KB PDF)
- Template for scale to be printed out on acetate (348 KB PDF)