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Aspergillus fungal spores.
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Bacteria, archaebacteria, fungi, protists, algae, viruses, infectious diseases, helpful microorganisms, microbiome

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

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

    Lead your class in a pre-assessment activity that evaluates students' understanding of microbes by having them estimate the mass of microbes in the human body, and then begin group concept maps.ons, development.

  • Tools of Magnification

    Tools of MagnificationPresentation

    Tips for introducing students to the microscope; and demonstration of how simple water drops and hand lenses magnify objects.

  • Magnifying and Observing Cells

    Magnifying and Observing CellsPresentation

    Easy tips to guide students in an activity that teaches them all organisms are composed of cells, and best practices as they make slides of onion skin cells and Elodea to observe under a microscope.

  • Observing Different Microbes

    Observing Different MicrobesPresentation

    Let this video guide you through a classroom activity in which students use a microscope to examine three different microbes: bacteria, yeast and paramecia.

  • The Variety and Roles of Microbes

    The Variety and Roles of MicrobesPresentation

    Lead your students in an activity that teaches them about the four major groups of microbes, and the about beneficial roles that microbes play in the natural world and in various human manufacturing processes.

  • Comparing Sizes of Microorganisms

    Comparing Sizes of MicroorganismsPresentation

    Tips to help students as they create scale models of microorganisms, and subsequently use metric measures to compare the relative sizes of common bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa.

  • Milestones in Microbiology

    Milestones in MicrobiologyPresentation

    Guided activity to help students understand that most scientific discoveries are related to other work, and that scientific advances often depend on the development of appropriate tools and techniques.

  • Microbes Are Everywhere

    Microbes Are EverywherePresentation

    Safe practices for the classroom in working with microbes (in this experiment, mostly bacteria) in an activity that demonstrates how microbes can rapidly grow in number to form colonies.

  • Defending Against Microbes

    Defending Against MicrobesPresentation

    Learn how to best guide your students in an activity that teaches them about mechanisms used by the body's immune system to fight microbes and protect us from disease.

  • Infectious Disease Case Study

    Infectious Disease Case StudyPresentation

    Discover how to effectively lead your students in an activity in which they determine whether a patient has a cold, the flu or a strep infection. Students also will learn the differences between bacterial and viral infections.

  • Microbes and Disease

    Microbes and DiseasePresentation

    Teaching tips for how to have students read and collect information on several dangerous pathogens, and help them learn about the serious impacts of disease on individuals and societies.

  • And Now, What Do You Know About Microbes? (post-assessment)

    And Now, What Do You Know About Microbes? (post-assessment)Presentation

    Learn how best to conduct this post-assessment activity, during which students share what they have learned during the unit by revisiting their concept maps and completing a content knowledge questionnaire.

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    Demonstration for how best to conduct Activity 4 of The Science of Alcohol Teacher's Guide, in which students study the effects of alcohol on a microorganism (Daphnia) using a light microscope.