”Build a Bacterium” Scavenger Hunt

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An exciting activity has scholars use cell parts to build bacteria through cooperation with other groups. Each group has some of the cell parts needed, but they must trade with other groups to be able to fulfill their function as a bacteria. Lesson focuses on the common parts of a cell, additional parts required for each role, and understanding microbes.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Review the concepts of bargaining and symbiosis before starting the activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires prior knowledge of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell structure
  • Lesson best fits before teaching about molecular disease causation
  • Initial set up requires an hour, but materials can be used in consecutive years to reduce that time
Pros

  • Includes modification ideas
  • Allows for alternative strategies some bacteria use
Cons

  • None
Common Core