Lesson Plan

What is a Microorganism?

Lichen on biological soil crust.

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Grade Level:
Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology, Environment, Health
National/State Standards:
Utah Core Curriculum Sixth Grade Science
Biology Animals, biology, Biology Plants, ecology, environment, health


This guide contains background information about what microorganisms are and directions for three activities that will help students better understand microorganisms and how they relate to everyday life and to Zion National Park.


Download the lesson plan at the top of the page for the activity guide.

Click on the PDFs below for the activity materials that accompany each activity described in the activity guide.