The Variety and Roles of Microbes

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Mini microbiologists play a card game in which they group microorganisms by groups: virus, fungus, protist, or bacteria. Then they identify the roles different microbes play in the natural world and explore how humans effectively use certain microorganisms in food production and industry. This lesson plan is part of a unit on microbes, and is a fun addition to any middle school microbiology curriculum.

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Pros

  • An included series of presentation slides is available to provide photos of harmful microbes
  • Thorough teacher's notes, background information, and an instructional video prepare you to lead the lesson
  • Playing pieces are two-toned, making them more attractive than simple black-line copies
Cons

  • While the card game is engaging, older learners may lose interest quickly