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What Do You Know About Microbes? (pre-assessment)

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

Let's Get Organized

Students probably do not know much about microbes yet. However, they should be begin to form some general understandings, such as what microbes are, microbe sizes and locations, and why microbes might be important to life on Earth. Explain to students that they will be learning more about microbes.

At this point, each group of students will create a concept map, to which they will add information over the course of the unit. You may want to review the procedure for creating a concept map before they begin. 

Concept maps are web-like representations of knowledge, thoughts and ideas. Concepts are expressed as words or phrases, connected by lines or arrows, and often linked by words that describe relationships between two concepts. 

You may want students to use sticky notes to position and reposition concepts on their maps as they progress through the unit. Computer-based graphics software also may be used to create concept maps.

Funded by the following grant(s)

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Grant Number: 5R25RR018605