Bacteria and Disease Teacher Resources
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Making Hard Decisions
Students examine proposals to combat AIDS, VRSA, and measles and recommend one that they could support. They investigate how people can have very different feelings about such proposals.
Students discuss where everyday aliments could be treated. After reading an article, they discuss the life of a traveling nurse and how it differs from a hospital nurse. Using the internet, they research the requirements for taking care of a person in their home and in the hospital. They write a paper about how the industry can be improved.
Back to Bacteria
The first four of these six pages query advanced biology learners all about bacteria. Different reproductive means, life cycles, symbioses, and methods of genetic diversity are addressed. Questions consist of short answer type and identifying diagrams of bacterial processes. The final two pages present a review of the scientific method, characteristics of living things, and chemistry concepts. You could leave the review out for a more focused and concise assignment.
Life Systems- Interacting Organisms
Participate in a life science unit that examines the relationships of living organisms to each other and to their environment as well as the student's role in the cycle of life. Through hands-on activities, research, and scientific investigations they explore the problem of persistent pollutants and their harmful effects on both humans and ecosystems.
The Wonders of Bacteria
Students explore the evolution and features of bacteria through a series of activities. In this biology lesson, students collect data and graph bacterial growth. They design a brochure about bacteria's role in society.
Students examine different types of bacteria. They explain how different bacteria affect them.
Discovery Streaming Video: “Life Science: Bacteria”
If your class is watching the Discovery streaming video Life Science:Bacteria, Understanding: Bacteria, or just studying bacteria, this might be a useful resource for helping students to discover the deeper impact of bacteria on their world. This 16 question learning exercise covers some basic but interesting facts about bacteria and its history, even asking students to engage in some evaluative as well as recall thinking. Answers for this learning exercise are provided on the second page o
Young scholars investigate the characteristics harmful and helpful bacteria and observe structures within the bacterial cells. They use micro-slide viewers to observe the shapes of various bacteria and the structures within the bacterial cell.
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 experiment with different bacterias that they found and make predictions of their growth. In this investigative lesson students use petri dishes to grow their bacteria then summarize what has happened.
Petri-fied of Bacteria
Learners examine the existence of bacteria all around them and consider the roles, both positive and negative, that bacteria play. Over a period of several days, students conduct an experiment in which they predict, determine, log, and evaluate samples.
Food Safety From Food To Fork
Pupils are introduced to the concept of food safety. In groups, they distinguish between fact and opinion and cause and effect while participating in a board game. They write an essay about what knowledge they gained and review the major concepts of food safety as a class.
Keep It Clean…Or Pass It Around
Students identify the harmful and beneficial effects of bacteria. In this biology lesson, students test the effectiveness of antibacterial cleaners. They create a presentation based on researched information and experimental results.
Middle schoolers gain an understanding of bacteria and describe bacteria as it relates to them.
Students study the advantages and disadvantages of bacteria. For this bacteria lesson students draw and label the different types of bacteria.
The Last Great Canal
Learners read about a cholera outbreak in the 1840's. They read maps, predict how cholera moved throughout the country and participate in a lab activity that demonstrates how disease is spread. They compare cholera through time.
Determining the Effectiveness of Handwashing
Pupils participate in an experiment in which they grow bacterial colonies. They examine the effects of antibiotics killing the germs. They discuss their findings to end the lesson.
Students use microscopes to observe E. coli bacateria on prepared slides and in a live culture. They use micro-slide viewers to observe the shapes of various bacteria and the structures within the bacterial cell. Students make an hypotheses and compare similarities and differences among organisms.
Population Needs vs. Population Deeds
Students examine the recent population explosion of the world. After watching a demonstration on closed systems, they identify the role humans have on the depletion of natural resources and lowering the standard of living. To end the lesson, they watch video segments of "The Earth at Risk" series and discuss.
Frightening Factory Farms
Young scholars discuss existence of and conditions on factory farms, and identify alternatives to factory farms that provide sustainable solutions for food production and environmental safety.