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Fungus Among Us

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

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For the next 3-7 days, have students observe their cultures (with and without a hand lens) at 1- or 2-day intervals. Do not allow students to open the containers in which molds are growing. 

NOTE: Some breads may grow mold in as little as 24 hours; others may require 7 days or more.

Have students record their observations on their data sheets. When all or most cultures have visible molds (some breads treated with preservatives may not grow mold within the time allowed), have students make and record their final observations. 


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