Microbiology Teacher Resources
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American Museum of Natural History
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.
American Museum of Natural History
Coloring pages showcase microbes—bacteria, viruses, and protists. Scholars have the option to download a coloring book and scavenger hunt or color the page directly on the computer. Three paragraphs describe each microbe.
Discuss how diseases have impacted human history. Divide your class into groups and assign each group one of the following: tuberculosis, malaria, plague, cholera, smallpox, and AIDS. They read up on, complete a concept map, and present...
National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network
Can your classes solve the problem of the smelly sweat sock? Young scientists complete a lab investigation that begins by using electrochemistry to generate colloidal silver. They use their solutions to test the rate of microbial growth...
Extraterrestrial life? What makes life possible? What makes a habitable planet? These are the questions explored through this video. Some of the concepts presented include the essentiality of water for life and how its liquid form is not...
Have you ever wanted to know the true structure of E.coli? Does the thought of peering into its "small world" sound exciting? Here is a lesson that allows pupils the ability to do just that. Blossoming microbiologists use microscopes to...
Biotechnology is big! Introduce the uses of biotechnology to science scholars with a fascinating, fact-filled unit. The first installment in a series of four biotechnology units covers the role biotechnology plays in human and...
Students 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
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...
What are the Chemical and Microbiological Effects of Run-off from a Catfish Pond on the Surrounding Soil and Water?
Students study data from a USDA catfish pond. They look for microbial populations and chemical concentrations in the runoff to determine the effectiveness of filter strips. They use their knowledge of biogeochemical cycles to explain the...
Tenth graders predict the conditions necessary for bacterial growth, test their predictions and at the same time practice the aseptic techniques and safety procedures needed when working with bacteria.
Students assess macro-invertebrates from a stream. In this science lesson plan, students observe, classify and identify organisms found in a stream. A lab station is constructed at the stream sight and students study the different...
US Department of Agriculture
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...
Institute for Systems Biology
If you do not mind wading through unrelated headings (This is not for a physics or STEM course, as it states.) and content (The lesson opens with an article about neurology, not halophiles.), then you will find a valuable resource on...
Pupils research biofilms and create brochures. They role play as advertising firm members assigned to educate the general public about biofilms. They create "wanted dead or alive" posters about harmful and helpful biofilms respectively.
Learners explore the reasoning and experimental approaches to mutations. They expose a culture of E. coli to virulent bacteriophage and observe whether mutations of the cells existed previously or if the bacteria mutated as a response...
Students view a Reading Rainbow video on germs and discuss microbial diseases. They grow cultures of Staphylococcus aureus and then estimate and graph the count for their own bodies and those of the class.
Students take a virtual trip to a Catfish Aquaculture Pond and analyze soil bacteria to determine how many nitrogen cycle bacteria are present. They graph the number of colonies present and use data to determine ammonium levels in the soil.
A resource rich in information—and nutrients. Learners create agars for the purpose of cell cultivation in Petri dishes. The lesson provides instructions on how to create agars for the cultivation of different microorganisms.
Take young biologists back to the beginning of life on Earth with this presentation on bacteria. Examining the different classifications of bacteria, this presentation introduces young scientists to the concepts of autotrophs and...
Earth's strangest creatures may be the key to finding life on other planets! Introduce biology scholars to the extreme world of extremophiles with a video from a large science playlist. From the depths of the ocean to the heart of the...
In this microbiology worksheet, students complete 9 review questions after finishing a group lab in which they perform four biochemical tests to help divide the Enterobacteriaceae into two major groups- E. coli and...
Young scholars study bacteria and aseptic microbiology laboratory techniques. They discover how to pour, label, streak, seal and store plates in an incubator and articulate what they have learned via an informational laboratory poster. .