Lesson Plan

Microorganisms of the Desert

Mature soil crust nurtures seedlings.
Mature soil crust nurtures seedlings.
NPS photo by Neal Herbert

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Subject:
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.
Keywords:
algae, Fungi, microorganism, bacteria, Biological Soil Crust, lichen, desert pothole

Overview

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.