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"Build a Bacterium" Scavenger Hunt

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    American Society for Microbiology

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"Build a Bacterium" Scavenger Hunt

Working in small groups, learners receive a written scenario regarding a bacterium with a certain goal it must carry out. They must work together to decide what cell parts are needed to form the basic structure of any cell as well as to carry out the specific functions required by their scenario. To “build” their bacterium learners must negotiate and trade index cards with other groups to acquire their desired cell parts.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

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

Age Range:
Ages 14 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan



  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
      • Cell Structure and Function


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

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


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Includes assesments for student learning

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Hare, Ph.D., Janelle


  • All Rights Reserved, American Society for Microbiology, ©2012


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