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Water Molds (Oomycetes)Add to list Details
In this laboratory activity, learners use a simple procedure to bait oomycetes from water and/ or soil and then examine these fungus-like organisms with the microscope to see how they look.
In this activity, learners turn empty 2-liter bottles into a see-through compost container.
Wash Away GermsAdd to list Details
Many germs spread by our hands, and often times, people don't wash their hands well enough to get rid of germs.
Dyeing Wool with FungiAdd to list Details
In this activity (p.23 of PDF), learners dye wool with fungi. Learners discover that natural chemicals in fungi can dye wool different colors.
Fuel for Living ThingsAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners observe what happens when yeast cells are provided with a source of food (sugar). Red cabbage "juice" will serve as an indicator for the presence of carbon dioxide.
Observing Different MicrobesAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners use a microscope to examine three different microbes: bacteria, yeast and paramecia. Educator will need to prepare the yeast solution one day before the activity.
Powdery Mildew Fungi: Classification and EcologyAdd to list Details
In this laboratory exercise, learners will discover how many different plant hosts they can find that are infected by the same genus of a powdery mildew fungus, or how many different genera of powdery
Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) with Powdery Mildew FungiAdd to list Details
This exercise can be used to stimulate the investigative nature of learners as they use forensic plant pathology techniques to prove the learners' innocence in a mock murder investigation.
What Does Life Need to Live?
In this astrobiology activity (on page 11 of the PDF), learners consider what organisms need in order to live (water, nutrients, and energy).
How Fast Can a Carrot Rot?
Learners design their own experiment to determine conditions that either help or hinder the decomposition of carrots by soil microbes.
A Feast for Yeast
In this activity on page 6 of the PDF (Get Cooking With Chemistry), learners investigate yeast. Learners prepare an experiment to observe what yeast cells like to eat.
Home Mycology Lab
Agriculturalists have long considered mushroom growing a challenge, largely because you need a piece of benchtop equipment known as a laminar flow hood.
How to Make a Spore PrintAdd to list Details
In this activity (p.25 of PDF), learners investigate spores. Mushrooms produce millions of spores which are equivalent to the seeds of plants but without the massive food reserves.
Litter CrittersAdd to list Details
In this outdoor activity, learners use a "litter-critter" wheel to help them identify different animals they find living in a natural litter habitat.
How the Mushroom Got Its SpotsAdd to list Details
In this activity (p.26 of PDF), learners discover why mushrooms have spots. Learners use a balloon, toilet paper, and water to simulate what happens as mushrooms grow.
Making Paper with FungiAdd to list Details
In this activity (p.24 of PDF), learners make paper with fungi. Learners discover that paper is basically a flat mat of fibers.
Mushroom Murder MysteryAdd to list Details
In this game (p.28 of PDF), learners discover different fungal lifestyles and the various roles that fungi play in nature. Learners play the roles of fungi and must find their corresponding trees.
Fungus Among UsAdd to list Details
In this environmental health activity, learners grow and observe bread mold and other kinds of common fungi over the course of 3-7 days.
Comparing Sizes of MicroorganismsAdd to list Details
In this activity related to microbes, learners create scale models of microorganisms and compare relative sizes of common bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa using metric measures: meters, centimete
Microbes are EverywhereAdd to list Details
In this four-day activity, learners grow bacteria and/or fungi from a variety of locations and compare the results.