Investigating the Fungus among Us

This Investigating the Fungus among Us unit also includes:

What do you call a fungus that writes music? A decomposer! Here, young biologists explore fungus by tasting fungus (blue cheese) to creating art with fungus to playing a board game centered around, you got it, fungus. Surprise scholars with one of the most interesting kingdoms of biology; because by the end, they know more than they want to know, including the benefits and risks of mold.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Concepts

Instructional Ideas

  • Prepare other lessons or activities for use during activity four; this activity starts on one class day and only requires 15 minutes per day after that for 12 days; the fifth activity relies on having completed the fourth
Classroom Considerations

  • The setup for the first activity may take three to five days to grow mold
  • Be aware of food allergies for both tasting and touching of foods
Pros

  • Includes vocabulary and extension ideas
  • Provides real-world connections
Cons

  • None
Common Core