Chestnut Blight

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Fungi can have a destructive effect on the function of living organisms. Learners conduct an experiment to model the blockage of vascular tissue on a plant and grow fungi in a petri dish. They then relate the outcomes of the lab to the fungal infection of the American Chestnut tree. 

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use a pair-share strategy for processing the article information
Classroom Considerations

  • Lab setup requires a petri dish with nutrient agar, clear tape, red food coloring, celery with leaves, marker, ruler, magnifying lens, and scalpel
  • This is the third lesson in a series of 10
Pros

  • Teacher guide includes detailed instructions for developing the lesson and preparing pupils for the lab
  • Provides suggestions for modification for ELL pupils
Cons

  • None
Common Core