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Fungus Among Us

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

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In this activity, students will observe bread mold and other kinds of common fungi. They will discover that molds and other fungi grow in damp, dark places. Students will make predictions and observations, record qualitative data, and draw conclusions based on their investigation.

Have the Materials Managers pick up materials for all members of their groups. Have each student write his or her name on a piece of tape, and then label his or her container with the tape.

Direct students to examine their bread samples with a magnifying glass, and to draw or describe what they predict will happen to the bread in the first space on the "Bread Mold Observations" sheet. In the second space, have students draw or describe the bread as it appears at the beginning of the investigation.

Students then should place their bread samples into their containers and add a few drops of water. Store the containers in a dark corner or cupboard. 

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