KS1: Introduction to Microbes
This lesson is designed to introduce students to viruses, bacteria, and fungi. The introductory activity allows students to combine their observational and creative skills to make a microbe of their own choice, exploring various microbial types and shapes.
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All students will:
- Understand there are three different types of microbes: viruses, bacteria, and fungi
- Understand microbes are all different shapes and sizes
- Understand some microbes can be useful and some can be harmful
Most students will:
- Understand that microbes are found everywhere
- Understand most microbes are too small to be seen with the naked eye
Micro-organisms, more commonly known as germs, bugs, or microbes, are tiny living things too small to be seen with the naked eye. They are found almost everywhere on Earth. Some microbes are useful, and others can be harmful to humans.
Microbes come in many shapes and sizes. The three groups of microbes covered in the resource are viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
This lesson plan supports you to introduce to students what microbes are develop an understanding that they can be useful and harmful. This forms the basis of future discussions on hygiene and infection.
- Modelling microbes
- Yes or no cards
- Microbe flashcards
- Fill in the blanks
- Health and prevention
- Working scientifically
- Living things and their habitats
- Reading and comprehension
Supporting MaterialsTeacher sheets
- Last updated August 2022