Microbiology Teacher Resources
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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 results to safe food preparation procedures.
Learners 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.
Learners construct a model of the hydrologic cycle, and observe that water is an element of a cycle in the natural environment. They explain how the hydrologic cycle works and why it is important, and compare the hydrologic cycle to other cycles found in nature. This is one of the most thoroughly thought-through, one-period lesson plans I've ever come across!
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.
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 chronological order. It is a nice addition to a the unit on microbes.
In this water contamination investigative worksheet, students identify a fictional local business that is continuously contaminating the water. They role play as a member of the consulting firm as outline the evidence that they would use to state their case before recommending where a monitoring well should be placed. They also write a report as to who is not guilty of contaminating the water.
High schoolers discover dangers to human health by researching what's in our drinking water. In this water purification lesson, students discuss the conditions of water in undeveloped countries and why it is unsafe to drink. High schoolers work in groups to generate solutions for eliminating pathogens from drinking water.
Students work as a team to gather organisms from a stream to evaluate if the water quality is excellent, good, or fair to poor.
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 specific interactions in food. It could be adapted or changed to complement your junior high class.
Students use the scientific process of investigation to explore the mechanics of making ice cream, bread, pancakes, Kool-Aid and cake. They research foods and agriculture from the 1930's.
Using your senses, apprehend the effects of contaminants in water. With a global focus, young scientists conduct a safe experiment by tasting sugar and salt water with different dilutions. After reviewing threshold limits, learners write a one-page review for the questions listed. Two links do not work but might not be necessary.
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 microorganisms.
Students identify on a time line and a world map where medical innovation/inventions line-up and originated. They collect information on various medical innovations/inventions using encyclopedias and medical research texts. Students make inferences about episodes of medical innovations and why they occurred when they occurred.
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 will have served its purpose. Many excellent attachments are embedded in this plan.
Students examine the variety of food preservation methods available today. In groups, they participate in an experiment to determine the conditions that encourage or stop the growth of bacteria. To end the lessons, they discuss the importance of perserving food.
Students complete an experiment on water to study water quality. In this water quality lesson, students complete a taste test experiment about chemicals in water. Students then study their local water environments and recorded toxins. Students write a 1-page response to the questions about water quality.
If you are looking for an aid in teaching about safety in our food industry, this presentation might fit the bill. It begins by telling the history of food laws and development of the regulatory agencies. Each agency is described in terms of their duties. Touch upon the FDA, EPA, USDA, Department of Defense, and OSHA. This rare resource may be a great support in your agriculture or food preparation course.
Middle schoolers 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 cultures of tap water and river water.
In this biology crossword puzzle worksheet, students use the 5 clues regarding microbiology terms to help them correctly complete the word puzzle.
Students demonstrate the four of five procedures that municipal water plants use to purify water for drinking. A water filtration system is designed by a student and their partner. A data chart is made to record all observations when the water is poured into the system.