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Lichens: Informational Text, Critical Reading and Short Lab

This product contains two separate activities. Both are suitable for life science or biology students in grades 8 – 12. These activities are most appropriate for a unit on fungi or a unit on ecology. I use both activities when I am teaching my unit on Community Ecology.

The first activity is an informational text reading on lichens. It is one and one-half pages of interesting information on lichens. It includes facts about the mutualistic nature of lichens, structure of lichens, and the important role that lichens play in the environment. Pictures are included to enhance the text. Following the reading, students will answer 7 questions to check for reading comprehension and critical analysis of the text. This makes an excellent homework assignment prior to the lab activity.

The second activity is a short lab exercise on lichens. In this lab, students will observe both living specimens of lichens as well as prepared slides. Materials you will need for this lab include: microscope, hand lens, living specimens of lichens, and prepared slides of lichens.

PLEASE NOTE: This product is also included in my Community Ecology Complete Lesson Plan Bundle

Your download will include both Word documents as well as PDF's of each activity. Answer keys are included for each activity.

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Amy Brown (Science Stuff)


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I can't wait to use this with my Bio class.
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Nice Literacy component. Thanks!
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Lichens: Informational Text, Critical Reading, and Lab Activity
Lichens: Informational Text, Critical Reading, and Lab Activity
Lichens: Informational Text, Critical Reading, and Lab Activity
Lichens: Informational Text, Critical Reading, and Lab Activity