Food Microbiology Teacher Resources

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Controlling Water Activity in Food

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Food storage matters! Scholars learn how the amount of water in corn can affect its rate of spoilage. They create a control group, then test three corn samples stored in three different locations for water activity. As a result of the...
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Food Preservation: Food Science, Canning, Gardening

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Learners consider the procedures and safety issues involved in food preservation. They conduct experiments in canning, freezing and drying. If everyone can preserve food utilizing a variety of methods and science principles, the lesson...
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Food Safety Lab

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students determine the optimal living conditions for yeast and apply these results to microbes in food. In this microbiology lab instructional activity, students observe the reaction of yeast to elevated temperatures. They relate these...
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Testing and Adjusting pH

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Pupils learn how to control food spoilage by adjusting the food's pH. They see that one of the most dangerous bacteria can grow in food if people don't handle and store food properly. Using knowledge of the bacteria's preferred pH,...
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Hazards of Defrosted Food

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Peas spoilage hot, peas spoilage cold: examine the bacterial growth on newly defrosted peas versus peas that have been defrosted for 24 hours. Using the session one questions in the "Microbes and Food Spoilage" PDF, learners will make...
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Microbes and Our Food

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate foodborne illnesses and involved microbes. They identify major pathogens and then research and explain how they contaminate foods and how people are affected.
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Chapter 16, Food Biotechnology

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Although the points given on these slides are valid, the visual accessibility is poor. Consequently, many viewers would be distracted or entirely unable to view the presentation.  The content is a review of microorganisms and their...
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Food Safety-Consumers Need the Facts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students begin by completing a survey asking them to rank their concerns about commercially prepared foods. They develop a definition of relative risk, and complete the "Pro or Con" worksheet. Students work in groups to make a study of...
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Bacteria's Role in Food

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students grow bacteria cultures on agar in petri dishes and do a plate count. They participate in a yogurt making lab to see how bacteria produce lactic acid. They prepare a recipe and identify fungi, fermentation and the role of...
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Food Safety Teamwork

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students examine the different members of food safety teams and their role in the food safety cycle. They study how these teams work together to keep our food safe.
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Yeasts and Molds

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students investigate the characteristics and nature of yeast and molds help to explain how these microorganisms affect food production. They experiment with yeast in sourdough in preparing sourdough pancakes.
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How to Use Oil Immersion Microscope

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Teach the class how to use a microscope to identify bacteria in food. Scholars explore the different parts of the microscope and learn how to determine total magnification. They walk step-by-step through the procedure of preparing slides...
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The Science of BBQ!!!

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Ready for a lesson on the wonders of cooking? Young scientists view the short video segment and explore the science of temperature changes on physical and chemical properties in food as the cooking process transforms raw ingredients into...
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Gram Staining

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Scholars use a lab simulation to test contaminated yogurt for bacteria by gram staining. They learn proper lab procedures for handling bacteria and for sterilizing equipment, and then walk through the process on their own to try gram...
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Bacteria Sampling

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Scholars explore the procedure for bacteria sampling in a virtual lab by first walking through a detailed step-by-step procedure of preparing the samples of raw milk and pasteurized milk, growing the bacteria, and comparing results....
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Genetically Modified Foods

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students investigate the risks of genetically modified organisms. They examine web site that contain information about GMO's and share the information with other adults.
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Helpful Microorganisms

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students study how some microorganisms are helpful and practical in foods. They work with microorganism in a number of food, such as yeast in bread and yogurt.
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Water Microbes and Human Health

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners research the possible sources and human health effects of microbes found in recreational and drinking water. They explore the range of negative outcomes of contact with contaminated recreational and drinking water by creating...
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What Do You Know About the Human Microbiome?

For Students 6th - 12th
Scholars answer 10 multiple choice questions to test their knowledge about the human body and microbes. Correct answers come with a rewarding tone and brief description.
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Microbes

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Microbiology beginners feed different sweetening agents to yeast and measure carbon dioxide production to estimate energy contained in each. They set the trials up in zip-top plastic baggies and then measure gas volume by water...
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Funky Fomites and Aseptic Microbiology Techniques for Bacterial Isolation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students listen to a lecture on the purpose of practicing aseptic technique as well as an explanation of how to practice them. They practice aseptic technique by plating bacteria in order to isolate individual colonies of bacteria. They...
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Hand washing Laboratory Activities

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers are exposed to the benefits of many antimicrobial soaps to prevent infections. In the food-service industry, studies indicate that inadequate hand washing and cross-contamination is responsible
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The Variety and Roles of Microbes

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Mini microbiologists play a card game in which they group microorganisms by groups: virus, fungus, protist, or bacteria. Then they identify the roles different microbes play in the natural world and explore how humans effectively use...
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Introduction to Bacteria

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Young scientists enter the world of microscopic organisms with this introductory presentation on bacteria. Starting with a basic definition of these single-celled organisms, the presentation continues on to explore different types of...

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