KS2: Introduction to Microbes
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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All students will:
- Understand that bacteria, viruses, and fungi are three main types of microbes
- Understand that microbes are found everywhere
Most students will:
- Understand that microbes come in different shapes and sizes and are too small to be seen by the naked eye
- Understand that microbes can be beneficial, harmful, or both
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. 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.
This lesson plan will encourage students to consider the different types of microbes, become familiar with some of the most well known microbes, and design their own.
- What are microbes? worksheet
- What microbe am I? worksheet
- Health and prevention
- Working scientifically
- Living things and their habitats
- Reading and comprehension
Art & Design:
- Recording observations
Supporting MaterialsTeacher Guidance
- Last updated August 2022