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Teaching about Microbial Life and Climate Change


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.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Describe the relationship between microbes, the environment, and climate
  2. Describe microbial growth and its phases, and the key factors affecting microbial growth
  3. Discuss the possible impacts of climate change on microbes

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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