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Scope-On-A-Rope: Lesson Plans

SeaScope activity folios are written by teachers for teachers. They use the video microscope nicknamed "Scope-On-A-Rope" (SOAR) in science lessons on aquatic organisms.

Each SeaScope folio includes: 

  • Background information
  • Detailed procedures
  • Blackline masters
  • Assessment ideas
  • Resource lists for students and teachers
  • Correlated to National Science Education Standards
  • Extensions

Interested in ordering? 

Download the order form (PDF, 489K) or contact Dianne Lindstedt to have a form faxed to you.



SeaScope folios in print


Scope-On-A-Rope How-To Book


SeaScope folios on CD


SPECIAL! Order all three!


An LSU Web site has been created to assist educators in the use of the SOAR. It contains simple lesson ideas, images, helpful tips, etc. The URL is http://scopeonarope.lsu.edu.

Scope-On-A-Rope, manufactured by Scalar, Inc., is available nationwide through several distributors, all listed on Scalar's Web site at www.scalarscopes.com.

Addendum: When Ordering Snails for the Classroom

The lessons and activities in Trailing the Snail recommend the use of freshwater snails, available from aquarium and pet stores. Land snails are also available but we do not recommend their use. Three species known as giant African land snails may be offered for sale in your market place. These have been identified as agricultural pests and as threats to human health by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase and/or use these or any land snails in conjunction with this folio. In addition, we strongly recommend that you do not release any snails into the environment or give them away after your class has completed Trailing the Snail. Euthanize them or return them to your aquarium or pet store.

If you have a Giant African land snail, DO NOT release into the environment. If you see one in the environment, contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For more information on Giant African land snails see: