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A Microscopic Topic

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Introduction:
Use this poem to introduce the use of the microscope and and introduction to what they may find when they use the microscope.

I am a paramecium
that cannot do a simple sum,
and it's a rather well-known fact
I'm quite unable to subtract.

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If I'd an eye, I'd surely cry
about the way I multiply,
for though I've often tried and tried,
I do it backward....and divide.

-- Jack Prelutsky --

From New Kid on the Block, by Jack Pretlusky, published by Greenwillow Books, 1984.

Extension:
Discuss what the poem means by, "I do it backward... and divide." Have the students make up similar poems that deal with the different things you find when looking in a microscope.