Microbiology Teacher Resources

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Making Up Nutrient Agars

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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.
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Archaebacteria and Eubacteria

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
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...
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The Most Extreme Life Forms on Earth… and Beyond?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
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...
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Identification of Gram Negative Bacilli-IMViC

For Teachers 12th - Higher Ed
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...
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Introduction to Aseptic Techniques

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students 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. .
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Winogradsky Columns: Microbial Ecology in the Classroom

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Winogradsky columns are ideal for observing the role of bacteria and other microorganisms in an ecosystem. This student activity guide is complete with data tables for observations and analysis questions for processing what was observed....
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Dirt Life

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students select and collect soil samples from a variety of locations (schoolyard, home, etc.). They do this lab after an interest-generating discussion about "dirt" and microbes. Students make a dilution in sterile water, plate it on a...
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Isolating Bacteria from a Mix Culture

For Students 9th - 11th
Students isolate three species of bacteria using the plate streak method, implement sterile microbiology techniques, and produce pure cultures of each microorganism at the end of this exercise. They write a descriptive paragraph for each...
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The Challenge to Deliver Insulin

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate these fundamental chemical and cellular processes. They recognize the long-term danger that comes from a diet of fast food, chips, and soda, realize that avoiding diabetes is their responsibility, and establish...
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Using A Winogradsky Column to Analyze Microbial Communities

For Teachers K - 12th
Students use easily obtained materials to study ecological succession in a microbiological community. This investigation is appropriate for a variety of age groups. Elementary Students be fascinated by the changes occurring over time...
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Winogradsky Columns: Microbial Ecology in the Classroom

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Substances that decompose with the help of living organisms do so at different rates. Scholars experiment with Winogradsky columns to determine the rate of decomposition, the oxygen and sulfide content changes, and bacteria levels. The...
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A Watershed Monitoring Module

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the relevance of water quality monitoring in relation to a local wetland ecosystem. They conduct standard water quality tests using wet tests and CBL calculators and probes. Student record and interpret the results.
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Microbial Spoilers: The Impact of Microorganisms on the Shelf-life of Milk

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students are inroduced to a commonly used microbial culturing technique. They explore the role of microorganisms in determining the shelf-life of food products.
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Using A Winogradsky Column to Analyze Microbial Communities

For Teachers 4th - 11th
Students use easily obtained materials to study ecological succession in a microbiological community. They collect water samples from outdoor sources in plastic bottles to observe and record changes.
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Sex and the Single Bacterium

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students become familiar with microbiology and biotechnology laboratory techniques and observe the results of antibiotic resistance transfer from one bacteria to another via conjugation. They then calculate the "mating efficiency" by...
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Creatures in Torch Lake

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate pond ecology. They gather water samples from various sources, add grass, and let it sit for a week. Afterward, using microscopes, they identify the microorganisms present in the sample.
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Gusty: The Gut Microbiome Card Game

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Build up your gut. Groups up to four play a card game to learn more about the microbiome in the gut. Learners try to build a healthy gut with their cards. The player acquiring six microbes without any pathogens wins the game. 
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"The Yeast of Our Worries"

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students study yeasts or cellular respiration in this inquiry activity. They examine different types of bread to show which rise or do not. They measure the amount of carbon dioxide released by the yeasts when using different sweeteners.
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Factors Affecting Microbial Growth

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students listen to a lecture on four factors that influence microbial growth and they discuss how to test the optimal growth requirements of a designated bacterium. They design and carry out laboratory investigations to test growth of...
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Good Guys - Small Packages

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read documentation about microorganisms in agriculture and share what they've read with partners. They taste samples of yogurt and describe the yogurt making process. They experiment with fermenting milk to recreate the yogurt...
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The Identification of Bacteria

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are given a two week period to put to use the knowledge they have gained while studying bacteria. As a culminating activity, students each receive three unknown bacteria to identify.
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Cooking Under Pressure

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In a terrific case study, young scientists read a discussion about pressure cookers. They consider not only the pressure involved, but the altitude, boiling point, and cost of using such a kitchen appliance. Use this assignment as an...
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The Great Cafeteria Caper

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Learners extract DNA from their own hair roots. They run an electrophoresis gel to examine patterns of their DNA along with standard DNA. The experiment is based on a crime scene scenario.
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Natural Selection

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Ever wondered what would happen if the Earth changed significantly? Explore this question and others with your class as they investigate microbial selection. Individuals use varying sizes of beans to conduct an experiment to demonstrate...