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, microorganism, plants


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.


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