Lesson Plan

What is a Microorganism?

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Grade Level:
Middle School: Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
Subject:
Science
Lesson Duration:
30 Minutes
State Standards:
Utah Core Curriculum
Sixth Grade Science
Standard 5: Objective 1, Objective 3

Objective

This activity guide provides the definition, and explores examples of microorganisms, and the places microorganisms are found.

Background

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 Zion National Park. The activities are most beneficial to students when completed in order. This guide is specifically designed for sixth grade classrooms, but the activities can be modified for students at other levels.

Preparation

  • Download and review What is a Microorganism? Activity Guide
  • Download and print activity materials
  • Gather meter sticks, magnifying glass, markers, paper, and envelopes as necessary

Materials

What is a Microorganism? Activity Guide

Download What is a Microorganism? Activity Guide

Microorganisms Are Everywhere Activity Materials

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Mystery Microorganisms Activity Materials

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Lesson Hook/Preview

Just as there are millions of different species of plants and animals in the world, there are millions of different species of microorganisms. Microorganisms can survive in environments where humans are unable to live. Microorganisms exist throughout the world, from Antarctica to your kitchen, from inside animals, like humans, to the expansive wilderness in Zion National Park.

Procedure

Follow suggested procedures within the activity guide.

Vocabulary

Glossary available in activity guide.

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Last updated: March 18, 2016