Excellent hands-on activity to start the year in a Middle School Science/Life Science classroom.
Student Objective: I can properly collect and culture microbes in my classroom and school.
Lesson Overview: Students use lab equipment to prepare petri dishes with nutrient agar solution. Students then brainstorm locations to "swab" for microorganisms using Q-Tips. Students swab the agar and watch the colonies grow!
This lesson includes a 32 slide Smart Notebook document with student and teacher procedures. Included .pdf for teachers without Smart Notebook. Lesson also includes an overview with ideas for implementation.
Observations: Slide is complete with images compiled from the internet of different microorganism colonies. Help your students identify what they have been growing!
Note: Lab materials are required. Including but not limited to petri dishes, nutrient agar, 250ml flasks and beakers, a way to measure mass, graduated cylinder.