Magnify: Exploring the Microscopic World (STEM and CCSS aligned)

by  Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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"MAGNIFY" is an interactive program for grades 1-8 based on the award-winning books by Alexandra Siy, which include UP CLOSE WITH INSECTS; UP CLOSE WITH SPIDERS; SNEEZE!; and MOSQUITO BITE. Featuring images and text from the books, the program challenges students to look closely and think like a scientist by forming analogies that relate to the stunning electron micrographs. Students will interact with the author as she discusses their writing responses and answers questions.

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Multipoint: $300.00
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Point to Point: $300.00
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By Request: $300.00
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one hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Literacy, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs canceled due to nature i.e. snow days. We make every effort to reschedule, however, a $100 kill fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

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Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

White Plains, NY
United States

The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb,  Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy,  Peggy Thomas, Marissa Moss, Jan Adkins, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

Vicki Cobb

Program Details


1. I briefly introduce myself and my books.
2. I explain why magnifying specimens provides scientists with important information; describe how the electron micrographs are made; and show examples.
3. We play a game during which students look at an image, then answer the question: "What else does it look like?" Students write their answers down.
4. We compile a selection of analogies that we arrange into a group poem that relate to a theme.
5.We discuss how scientists might use analogies to solve problems.
6. I answer questions.


The participant will
-learn how to look at highly magnified electron micrographs and relate structure to function
-create analogies to describe specific structures
-organize analogies into a theme based poem or paragraph
-gain scientific information/content about insects and human biology
-discover the relationship between science and art

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NS.K-4.3 Life Science

State Standards

K.4.2 Observe plants and animals, describing how they are alike and how they are different in the way they look and in the things they do.
2.4.1 Observe and identify different external features of plants and animals and describe how these features help them live in different environments.