Mysterious Organisms Up Close: What Can We See Under the Stereomicroscope?

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This past June, 3rd grade students at Maplewood and Birchwood had the opportunity to participate in an exciting end-of-year performance activity, combining STEM and ELA.  Students used stereomicroscopes (generously loaned by Silas Wood) to view a variety of insect specimens, and then used a dichotomous or (“two answer”) key to identify those specimens.  The coolest things the students observed?  Honeybees have hairy bodies, and wolf spiders have sharp fangs!