Microbiology Teacher Resources

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Is It Clean or Just Unseen? Dirty Water and the Naked Eye

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How dirty is the water you consume? Pupils investigate a contaminated water source to determine the bacterial cell count. They participate in a discussion once results are obtained and relate this to drinking water and health safety.
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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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Milestones in Microbiology

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Life science learners read a set of six short Discovery Readings that describe historical events in the field of microbiology. For each, they identify clues about when the event occurred and then they try to arrange events in...
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Bacteria in Drinking Water And Water Purification

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore how sewer systems can contribute to water pollution and perform an experiment to see how well a water purification technique can protect against water-born microbial illnesses. They compare the bacterial growth from...
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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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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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Microbiology Lab Safety

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In this biology worksheet, students are introduced to the practices of safety as related to using a laboratory and then answer some questions as an assessment.
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Water Filtration

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students explore, analyze, study and demonstrate the procedures that municipal water plants may use to purify water for drinking. They cover the clean water processes of aeration, coagulation, sedimentation, filtration and disinfection.
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Barf Bag Microbiology

For Teachers 4th - 10th
Students investigate and determine which types of carbohydrates Baker's yeast prefers. They crumble Cheerios, Smarties, and Fruit Loops and feed them to the yeast and watch what happens, when the bags begin to barf.
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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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Pond Scum: Investigating Microorganisms

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Sometimes things can be hidden in plain sight. Assist your young biologists as they explore the hidden lives of microorganisms surviving in water. Pupils bring samples of water to class and view these under the microscope to witness the...
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Microbiology: Bacteria in Our Environment

For Teachers 8th Standards
Did you hear the joke about bacteria? Never mind, I don't want to spread it around. The lesson begins with pupils making a representation of chromosomal material modeling the bacterial cell. Then, they use swabs to test for bacteria...
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Culturing Bacteria from Ocean Water

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore the importance of bacteria in the ocean water. In this bacteria lesson, students demonstrate how to practice aseptic techniques and how to culture bacteria.
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MicroMatters: Microbiology

For Students 6th - 9th
This is a fantastic set of microbiology resources for middle school science classes, with each lesson coming stocked with student lab materials, videos, PowerPoints, and even printable materials lists! Find everything you need (and maybe...
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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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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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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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Quantification of Escherichia coli Contamination in Water

For Students 9th - 12th
A comprehensive instructional activity teaches scholars about the contamination effects of water. By testing local water sources for contaminants, young scientists connect the concepts at a personal level.
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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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Bacteriology

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students determine what bacteria need to survive. In this microbiology lesson, students observe behavior of bacterial colonies. They complete their lab report and formulate conclusion.
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MedMyst: Disease Defenders

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
The news often refers to a team of experts handling situations and outbreaks of illnesses. Young scientists learn about such a team as they train to prevent infectious disease outbreaks  Scholars meet three experts, learn about their...
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Microbiology Lesson

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students collect water samples and use a microscope to find bacteria in the samples. They categorize the different bacteria they find, determine the number of colonies there are, and predict how the bacteria levels might affect animals...
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Water Microbes and Human Health

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students 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...