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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.