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Educator Guide: Zoom into Microbiology grade 6-8: Zoom Into Microbiology grades 6-8

Zoom into Microbiology

Tips to Come Prepared

Before you visit the Genovesi Environmental Study Center (GESC) with your class, review the Educator's Guide to prepare for your students.

  • Read the Essential Questions (p. 1) and Connections to Standards (p. 2) to decide how you want to link your curriculum with your field trip
  • Complete the Pre-Visit Lesson with your class activating student interest and engagement
  • Come to GESC ready to engage and learn with our experiential, hands-on field trip program, Zoom into Microbiology

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Essential Questions

  • What is microscopy?
  • How does a compound microscope work?
  • What are living things made of?

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Zoom into Microbiology


Materials for Post-Visit Lesson

Marvelous Microbiology Facts

  • A dollar bill can have 3000 types of bacteria.

  • Most antibodies are made from bacteria. A clean mouth has between 1000 and 100,000 bacteria on each tooth.

  • A bacteria called actinomycetes contributes to the 'smell of rain' A particular odor (the earthy smell after rain) is released by the actinomycetes just before the rain as the soil becomes damp. It is a byproduct called geosmin.

  • Chocolate has an antibacterial effect on the mouth and protects against tooth decay. Dark chocolate has flavonoids with are shown to fight tooth decay. It also has antioxidants, which in larger amounts (in your saliva) can help fight gum disease.

Connections to Standards


Grade 6: Unit 3  Ecosystems 

Grade 7: Unit 3 Structures of Life

Grade 8: Unit 4 Evolution, Natural Selection, and Adaptations


Sixth Grade

MS-LS2-2. Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms in a variety of ecosystems.

Seventh Grade

MS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.

Eighth Grade

MS-LS4-2. Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between model and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.