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Fungus Among Us

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, Barbara Tharp, MS, and Judith Dresden, MS.

Fungus Among Us

This lesson uses guided inquiry to illustrate that fungi (members of the fungus kingdom) are found almost everywhere and are essential for decomposing (breaking down) things such as the remains of dead plants, animals, and other living organisms.

Students will grow and observe bread mold and other kinds of common fungi. They will discover that fungi will grow on bread that is kept in a damp, dark place. Students will make predictions and observations, record qualitative data, and draw conclusions based on their investigation. 

Science concepts addressed in this activity include the following.

  • Fungi grow from spores.
  • Fungal spores are present almost everywhere.
  • Molds and other fungi grow in damp places. 

Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Numbers: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932


Houston Endowment Inc.

Houston Endowment Inc.

Foundations for the Future: Capitalizing on Technology to Promote Equity, Access and Quality in Elementary Science Education