|Age 10-12||notify me|
We started the unit using a cheap microscope that I found at Goodwill some years ago for $7.99. It worked well enough and we could have finished the unit with what we had plus a little imagination. But, I ended up purchasing a better microscope from Amazon for around $80. I was able to choose one with next day delivery. I can tell you, it made the unit much more interesting.
We have a good student microscope (purchased from Toys R Us for $40) with 150x - 900x magnification; however, we found it SO powerful it was actually difficult to detect details of many of the cells. Fortunately, we saw the note on "IdeaShare" for Unit 2 from a fellow homeschooler who suggested the lower power microscope (Carson Microbrite Plus, 60 - 120x LED lighted pocket microscope). It works beautifully!! We ordered it from Walmart.com for only $11.00. You can also have it shipped to the store for "pickup" so you don't have to pay shipping charges.