Microorganisms

Introduction

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Microbes are microscopic tiny organisms including bacteria, fungi, protozoa, algae and virus. Microbes can be found in the air, in soil, in water and are living in and on our body.

Bacteria are single celled micro-organisms without nucleus.

A fungus is a single-celled or multi-cellular organism. The cell structure is like in plants but fungi do not perform photosynthesis. Fungi live on organic substances. Of about 70.000 known species many are used for food preparation or preservation whereas only a few are human pathogens.

Protozoa are single cell organisms with a nucleus, a good deal bigger than bacteria.

A virus causes damage and diseases in humans and animals. They reproduce only inside the cell of the host.

Algae are autotrophic microorganisms and are generally found in stagnant water.

We are going to focus on protists, fungi, and bacteria!

Task

For this project you will create a microorganism book or slideshow that teaches others about the three main groups of microorganisms and how microorganisms can be both helpful and harmful to us. To create the presentation you will use your science notebook, the internet, and textbooks in the classroom. Each page/slide needs to include written information and at least one picture. Your book/slideshow can be created on Google Docs, Google Slides, or Google Presentations. Use the checklist in the process section to be sure you include all the information you need on each page/slide.

Your book/slideshow will have 5 pages or slides:

1. Protists
2. Fungi
3. Bacteria
4. Helpful microorganisms
5. Harmful microorganisms 

Process

Process:

1. Use this note taking worksheet while you gather information for each page of your book:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_hxSORwnRVdQpkcQRq_kLx6ZwZL9b9vA/view?usp=sharing

2. Se up your Google Doc, Google Slides, or Google Presentation with a title page and five content pages (details about the page titles are in the "Tasks" tab of this WebQuest).

3. Write one or two short paragraphs on each page to share information

4. Add pictures from Google Images to your book/slideshow.

5. Proof-read and edit your book before you share it with me!

Websites:

Microbe Zoo - Explore information about microbes in our world on this website.
Microorganisms Game - Play the game, then click on the magnifying glass to learn more about microorganisms in our life.
General Info on Microorganisms - This is a university website.  Read it carefully you can learn a lot.
Paramecium and Amoeba - This has a GREAT chart to learn more about these protists.
Amoeba, Paramecium, and Algae - An easy to read chart on different protists from the 6th grade Sci-ber Text.
Protists and Bacteria - Learn more about protists and bacteria on this page.
Virtual Pond Dip  - Click on a pond organism and follow links to learn more about it
Biology For Kids Fungi - Learn about bread mold and yeast.
Fungi Encyclopedia Article - This website has a lot of vocabulary, but you can click on the words to learn the definitions.
Biology For Kids Bacteria - Learn about bacteria.
National Geographic Bacteria - Add fun facts to your microorganism book
Microorganism Review Game - Learn cool facts while playing a game.
Microorganism Diseases (Kids Health) - A great article to start with as you look for ways that microorganisms can be harmful to humans.

Evaluation

Rubric:

Protist Page/Slide:

- Names 3 types of protists

- Describes environment

- Explains how protists get nutrients

-Includes interesting facts

- Picture is relevant

- Well written, teaches others

_____/7

Fungi Page/Slide:

- Names 2 types of fungi we studied

- Describes ideal environments

- Explains how mold obtains nutrients

- Explains how mold and yeast reproduce

- Picture is relevant

- Well written, teaches others

_____/7

Bacteria Page/Slide:

- Names 3 types of bacteria

- Describes ideal environments

- Explains how bacteria obtains nutrients

- Explains how bacteria reproduce

- Includes interesting facts

- Picture is relevant

- Well written, teaches others

_____/7

Bacteria Page/Slide:

- Names 3 types of bacteria

- Describes ideal environments

- Explains how bacteria obtains nutrients

- Explains how bacteria reproduce

- Includes interesting facts

- Picture is relevant

- Well written, teaches others

_____/7

Harmful Page/Slide:

- Includes 3 ways in which microbes are harmful.

- Each way is described in detail.

- Is specific about type of microorganism.

- Includes relevant picture.

_____/7

Overall Neatness

- Layout is neat

- Writing is clear

- Work shows effort

_____/5

Total Points Possible: 40

 

Conclusion

Well done! Once you have completed your book or slideshow, send the link to me (Mrs. Evans) @ hevans10@emich.edu

Microorganisms are easy to overlook because we can't actually see them with the unaided eye. When we take the time to research and learn about more than just what we see, our whole world opens up! I encourage you to consider what other things you have overlooked because you didn't know to look harder. A drop of pond water? A moldy strawberry in the back of the fridge? A blade of grass in your backyard? What amazing things could be hiding here?