Microorganisms of the Desert
Mature soil crust nurtures seedlings.
NPS photo by Neal Herbert
- Grade Level:
- Sixth Grade-Sixth Grade
- Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants
- National/State Standards:
- Utah State Science Core Curriculum Topic, Standard Five: Students will understand that microorganisms range from simple to complex, are found almost everywhere, and are both helpful and harmful.
- algae, Fungi, microorganism, bacteria, Biological Soil Crust, lichen, desert pothole
This outdoor lesson plan includes three hour-long investigations: discovering pothole dwellers, examining lichens, and investigating biological soil crusts. In the classroom, students examine photographs of common microorganisms and use microscopes to search for organisms in pothole water.