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Fungus Among Us

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

Science Safety Considerations

Safety first! Students always must think about safety when conducting science investigations. This slide may be used to review safety with your class prior to beginning the activity.

Also, keep the following points in mind.

  • Always follow your district school safety guidelines.
  • Have a clear understanding of the investigation in advance. Practice any investigation with which you are not familiar before conducting it with the class. 
  • Make sure the appropriate safety equipment, such as safety goggles, is available.
  • Continually monitor the area where the investigation is being conducted.

NOTE: While the common molds that grow on bread are generally harmless, some students may be allergic to the spores that are produced. Therefore, have your students observe the molds without opening the sealable bags or other containers in which they have been grown. Wear disposable plastic gloves if you plan to handle mold samples for demonstration purposes. Pour diluted chlorine bleach (10%) into the bags containing mold samples before disposing of the bags. 


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