This lab will serve as a review of the Scientific Method by growing Bread Mold from Germy hands! I have included the story of Ignaz Semmelweis, the Hungarian physician who discovered hand washing could stop the spread of "invisible particles".
-Google Slides Presentation
-Teacher Notes with pictures
My Middle School students LOVE this lab activity and it serves as a reference throughout the year when we conduct controlled experiments. You can't get anymore HANDS ON than this :)
Florida NGSSS Standards Addressed:
SC.6.L.14.6- Compare and contrast types of infectious agents that may infect the human body, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites.
SC.6.N.1.3- Explain the difference between an experiment and other types of scientific investigation, and explain the relative benefits and limitations of each.
SC.6.N.2.3- Recognize that scientists who make contributions to scientific knowledge come from all kinds of backgrounds and possess varied talents, interests, and goals.
SC.8.N.4.2- Explain how political, social, and economic concerns can affect science, and vice versa.
SC.8.N.1.4-Explain how hypotheses are valuable if they lead to further investigations, even if they turn out not to be supported by the data.
SC.8.N.1.6- Understand that scientific investigations involve the collection of relevant empirical evidence, the use of logical reasoning, and the application of imagination in devising hypotheses, predictions, explanations and models to make sense of the collected evidence.
SC.8.N.2.2- Discuss what characterizes science and its methods.