Make a Home for Microbes

This Make a Home for Microbes activity also includes:

Make a Winogradsky Column to discover how microbes live within the digestive tract. First, participants take a tour of the stomach. Then, gather supplies and start building using a variety of materials. Over eight to 10 weeks, learners observe the column and changes that occur.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Make one Winogradsky Column as a class—invite families to donate supplies 
  • Build the column outside as it may get pupils and the surrounding area messy
  • Plan the activity after studying about the human body
Classroom Considerations
  • Review the materials list to confirm what you need
  • A picture accompanies each step
  • Offers ways to extend the learning experience
  • None