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KS3: Introduction to Microbes

In this lesson, students learn about the different types of microbes – bacteria, viruses and fungi. They learn that microbes have different shapes and that they are found everywhere.

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Objectifs d'apprentissage
Tous les élèves devront:
  • Understand there are three different types of microbe
  • Understand that microbes are found everywhere
  • Understand that useful bacteria are found in our body
  • Understand that microbes come in different sizes
La plupart des élèves devront:
  • Understand the key differences between the three main types of microbe

Micro-organisms are living organisms too small to be seen with the naked eye; they are microscopic. Micro-organisms are found almost everywhere on Earth and can be both useful and harmful to humans. It is important to clarify that microbes are not innately useful or harmful.

Although extremely small, microbes come in many different shapes and sizes. The three groups of microbes covered in this resource are viruses, bacteria and fungi.

In this lesson plan, students are introduced to a wide range of useful and harmful microbes through an interactive card game. They will investigate well known microbes and learn about antimicrobial resistance.

  • Microbe Mayhem Card Game
Matériel nécessaire:
  • Research Poster
  • Microbes Quiz
Liens avec le programme scolaire


  • Health and prevention


  • Working scientifically
  • Scientific attitudes
  • Experimental skills and investigation


  • Structure and function of living organisms
  • Cells and organisation
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Inheritance
  • Chromosomes
  • DNA and genes


  • Reading
  • Writing

Ressources disponibles
Fiches enseignants
Hand Washing and Nose Blowing Flashcards
Fiches de travail pour les élèves
SW1 Picture Sequencing
SW2 Healthy Hands Washing Progress Chart