Fungus Among Us

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In this environmental health activity, learners grow and observe bread mold and other kinds of common fungi over the course of 3-7 days. This lesson guide includes background information, variations and bilingual (English/Spanish) handouts. Note: if you do not wish to grow bread mold, pure cultures can be purchased.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 7 days

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

English, Spanish

Materials List (per group of students)

  • Transparency of "Common Bread Mold" student sheet
  • Bread mold, Rhizopus stolonifer (optional, order from a science educational supply company)
  • Piece of old bread
  • Pipet or dropper
  • Clear resealable plastic bags, 4 in. x 6 in. (or small jars or plastic containers)
  • Hand lenses (magnifiers) or 6 microscopes
  • Disposable plastic gloves (optional)
  • Copies of student sheets


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Protists and Fungi
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
    • Human Body
      • Health and Nutrition
      • Immune System
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Includes assesments for student learning:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Moreno, Nancy P. ; Tharp, Barbara Z. ; Dresden, Judith H.


  • All rights reserved, Baylor College of Medicine, 2010

Funding Sources:

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, R25 ES06932
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, R25 ES010698