Bacteria & Virus Lesson Plans

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        Microbiology lesson plans designed for high school, middle school, and elementary school science teachers are downloadable here. NGSS Life Science offers many great science lessons. The following are a few examples. Microbiology experiments that student use stains for bacteria identification. Other microorganism labs include bacterial growth limits. A ciliate activity shows students how paramecium’s eat food. Disease projects include researching different disease causing viruses, protists and bacteria. Microorganism worksheets and exam / test / quiz questions also provide help with evaluating the student’s progress. Click the titles below to see a list of lessons for each category. Free microbiology lesson plans include:
  • Viruses Lesson Plans

    • Virus Types - HIV, influeneza, herpes, retrovirus, bacteriophage.
    • Viral Structure - genome, capsid, envelope, protein sheath, tail fibers.
    • Lytic Cycle - virus attaches, injection of DNA, uncoating, replication, assembly, lysis.
    • Lysogenic Cycle - dormant DNA, intergrated, replicated.
    • Vaccines - attenuated, inactivated.
  • Prokaryote Lesson Plans

    • Bacteria - archaebacteria, eubacteria, single cell organisms
    • Cell Wall - peptidoglycan, pili, fagellum, capsule.
    • Nucleoid - DNA, chromatin body.
    • Shape - spheres, rods, spirals.
    • Gram Negative - photoautotrophic bacteria, cyanobacteria, chemoautotrophic bacteria, E. coli.
    • Gram Positive - teichoic acid, staphylococci, staphylococci.
    • Spiral - spirochetes, spirilla.
  • Protozoans Lesson Plans

    • Eukaryotes - single cell, flagella, cilla, pseudopodia, nonmotile, phagocytosis.
    • Giardia - flagella.
    • Amoebas - pseudopodia.
    • Diatoms - photosynthetic, double shells, plankton.
    • Malaria - sporozoans, nonmotile, spores.
    • Paramecium - cilliate.
  • Fungi Lesson Plans

    • Eukaryotes - unicellular, mutlicellular, mycellium, hyphae, chitin, septa.
    • Ascomycetes - truffles, fruit molds, lichens, some yeasts.
    • Basidiomcetes - mushrooms, some yeasts.
    • Zygomycetes - bread molds, mycorrhizae.
  • Microbial Classification Lesson Plans

    • Domain Archaea - prokaryotes, methanogens, halophile, thermophiles.
    • Domain Bacteria - peptidoglycan, no introns, differnet amino acid sequence.
    • Kingdom Archaezoa - protist, no mitochondria, flagella, two nuclei, Giardia.
    • Kingdom Alveolata - protist, alveoli, paramecium.
    • Kingdom Stremenopila - hair like flagella, diatoms.
    • Kingdom Fungi - mushrooms, yeasts, molds.
    • Culture Media - TSP broth, blood agar, selective media, differential media, differential media, enriched media.
    • Staining - basic dyes, negative stain, gram stain, acid fast stain.
    • Microscopy - bright field microscope, dark field microscope, phase contrast microscope, transmission electron microscope, scanning election
    • Robert Hooke - describe cells.
    • Anton van Leeuwenhoek - giardia, animalcules.
    • Louis Pasteur - germ theory, immunization.
    • Robert Koch - Koch’s postulates.
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NGSS Life Science is a curriculum community for middle school and high school science teachers. High school and middle school curriculums include microbiology bacteria cell experiments, fungus, protozoan, and microorganism classification lessons, identifying bacteria labs, bacteria disease projects, lytic lysogenic cycle activities, virus models, microorganism classification worksheets, and exam / test / quiz questions. Some lesson plan topics include prokaryotic bacteria cells, viruses, fungus, protists, and more.