This simple procedure permits students to obtain impressive results in differentiating many cell types and tissue structures. It provides excellent discrimination among structures with a high density of different cell types such as root tip or bud. Students hand-cut, mount and stain a section of material. Their observations become more meaningful since they provide their own specimens. Almost any fresh plant material can be used to complete this activity. MICROSCOPES ARE NEEDED.
Introduce students to the study of plant cells
Cut, mount, stain and observe different cell types and tissue structures
Develop microscope technique
1Teacher's Guide with MSDS
30Student Worksheets and Guides
30Razor blades, single-edged
30Treating dishes, plastic
30Plastic pics, package
3Drop controlled bottles of Toluidine blue stain
To complete this kit requires one ~50-minute class period.