Meet the Microbes
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offers you 17
hands-on activities that correlate with and build on the themes and ideas
presented in the PBS series, Intimate
Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth.
These activities provide a fun way for kids (and adults, too) to explore the
wonders of the microbial world.
All the activities have been field-tested nationally with diverse community outreach audiences, including church groups, PTAs, Boy and Girl Scouts, 4-H groups, museums, and science centers.
The activities have been aligned with the National Science Education Standards (NSES) developed by the National Research Council and the New Standards™ Student Performance Standards developed by the National Center on Education and the Economy. Suggested modifications to address the needs of exceptional individuals are included with the activities.
Available in Adobe PDF format!
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Meet the microbes contents
• Introduction to Meet the Microbes
• Alignment with the National Science Education Standards
• Alignment with the New Standards™ Student Performance Standards
• Creepy Critters
• Forever and a Day
• Mega Multiples of Microbes
• Natural Selection
• Biosphere in a Bottle
• Bread Box Nightmares
• Can Microbes Tell the Difference?
• Nature's Trash Compactors
• Now You See It, Now You Don't
• Caught Red-Handed
• Defend Your Surface
• Let's Get Small
• The Yeast of Our Worries
• Cabbage Today, Sauerkraut Soon
• Fun With Fomites
• Yeast on the Rise
Comments from educators
“I have seen how excited kids get about science when it is presented to them in a hands-on, ‘discovery-oriented’ format. Conversely, I’ve seen kids get totally turned off to science presented in a more ‘traditional’ manner.”
— Inge S. Eriks
“Everything is inexpensive, doable and hands-on for the students — and it’s cooperative learning.”
— Thomas P. Rooney
Meet the Microbes was developed by the National Association for Biology Teachers.