Lesson Plan—Predicting the Growth of Microorganisms

Summary

This lab is designed to give students a “hands-on” experience to help answer the question: How can you determine where in your environment you might find microorganisms?

Key Concepts

Objectives

Students will

Materials

Procedure

Assessment

Extension

Students can research ways in which bacteria are now being used to help solve our energy and environmental problems, clean up oil spills, etc.  They can work in groups and share their results with the class.

Additional Resources

Nutrient Agar Plates Preparation & Equipment Use:
(Adapted from http://www.sciencestuff.com/nav/instructions/agar3.htm)

Background Information:

Setting Up Your Lab Area:

Preparing the Plates

Incubation: