Meets the Requirement for Georgia Performance Standard: S5L4. Students will relate how microorganisms benefit or harm larger organisms.
a. Identify beneficial microorganisms and explain why they are beneficial.
b. Identify harmful microorganisms and explain why they are harmful.
Includes: Activity where students must highlight examples of microorganisms being helpful or harmful; a comic strip activity where students create their own microorganism hero and villain; photos of completed student work; a 26 question multiple choice assessment with answer key; 24 cards to sort into harmful or beneficial; 6 possible leads for an introductory paragraph to an expository essay; examining leads for expository essays; expository pillar graphic organizers differentiated for advanced and beginning writers to organize an essay about how microorganisms are beneficial or harmful.
My students love learning about the ways microorganisms can be both beneficial and harmful. I hope yours will too!