Growing Germs in a Petri Dish Lesson

SEEK Updated
10/12/2015
Resource Types: 
Curriculum
Abstract: 

We Learn, We Save, We Win (We3) Education Initiative is a project that links environmental activities and resources from state agencies and businesses to the classroom. The Initiative offers examples of hands-on, project-based lessons for Minnesota classrooms. These lessons will help teachers and students use their classroom and local environment as a "laboratory for systems thinking." Through applying the grade-appropriate concepts and skills across disciplines (with a special focus on science), students will look to their own classroom and local environment in terms of how it impacts, and is impacted by, natural and social systems.

This activity provides a hands-on demonstration of how disease is caused by other organisms and spread through contact with hard surfaces. Students will swab several hard surfaces in the classroom/school and touch them to a Petri dish. Petri dishes are left for 3 days to allow anything that was on the hard surfaces to grow.

To view all of the We3 Education Initiative lessons visit http://seek.minnesotaee.org/classrm_f.cfm

Download this lesson at http://seek.minnesotaee.org/publications/we3-5.pdf

Author: 
Minnesota Department of Health
Topic Areas: 
Health
Science
Target Audience: 
Grades 7-9
Teachers
Geographic Location: 
All Minnesota
Outside Minnesota
Fee: 
No
Library loan: 
No
Is training required?: 
No
Seasonal: 
No
Contact(s) or order information.: 

Dawn Flinn
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Rd N
St. Paul MN 55155
Phone: 651-259-5344
Email: dawn.flinn@state.mn.us