As an undergraduate-level Biological Sciences teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools to help you in teaching topics such as microbes, microbial growth, the role of microbes in the climate system, and the effects of global climate change on microbial growth and survival.
The lesson plan allows students to learn about the relationship between microbes, the environment, and climate. The activity will explore the specific roles played by various microbes in the climate system.
Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in the Biological Sciences.
Use this lesson plan to help your students find answers to:
- What are microbes?
- What are the factors that influence microbial growth?
- What is the relationship between microbes and climate?
- How might climate change affect microbial growth and survival?
This is a Teacher-submitted lesson plan.
Contributed by Dr. Vandana Malhotra and Dr. Meeta Bhardwaj, Department of Biochemistry, Sri Venkateswara College (University of Delhi), India.
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About Lesson Plan
|Grade Level||High School, Undergraduate|
|Topic(s) in Discipline||• Microbes
• Bacterial Growth and Adaptation
• Gas Cycling
• Greenhouse Gases
|Climate Topic||Climate and the Biosphere|
(some material can be downloaded for offline use)
|Approximate Time Required||120-150 min|
|Video (~3 min)||A micro-lecture that provides an overview of microbes, their classification, and their importance in the biosphere.|
|Animation/Video (~3 min)||An animation/video that describes the environmental factors required for microbial growth and explains the effects of changing environmental conditions on microbial growth by using temperature as an example.|
|Reading (~50 min)||A reading that introduces the relationship between microbes and climate change while describing microbial diversity in different environments.|
|Classroom activity (~60 min)||A classroom activity to identify the relationship between a specific microbe and climate.|
Here is a step-by-step guide to using this lesson plan in the classroom/laboratory. We have suggested these steps as a possible plan of action. You may customize the lesson plan according to your preferences and requirements.
|1.Introduce the topic through videos||
|2. Discuss the topic further through a reading activity||
|3. Conduct a classroom activity||