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WebQuests by Carol Cocchi, Newcomb Academy & Anne Bryant, Cedar Lee Middle School were used, in part, as a guide for this WebQuest.

WebQuest is based on Introduction to Bacteria found at the Discovery Education Website.

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Introduction

Your group works for the Science Channel. You are in charge of a team of researchers. Your bosses have come to you about a new special about bacteria which they want to produce.  They tell you they need your group to do the research for them. They need your research as soon as possible.

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Task

Your group is required to collect information about bacteria. Using that information, you are to put together a poster telling the producers what you have learned about bacteria. You will also make recommendations about what should be included in their special.

You need to research answers to the following questions:

  1. What do bacteria look like?
  2. What are the three basic shapes?
  3. How are bacteria classified?
  4. Where have bacteria been located? Name as many places as possible.
  5. How many bacteria live on Earth?
  6. How quickly do bacteria reproduce? Try to show this pattern as a graph or other visual display.
  7. What do bacteria eat?
  8. How do they take in their food?

Just the Facts - Task I

Bacteria WebQuest Data Sheet

What do bacteria look like? What are the three basic shapes?

MicroWorld

Microbiology Online

How are bacteria classified?

Classification – What Difference Does it Make?

Where have bacteria been located? Name as many places as possible.

Where Bacteria are found
9 Fact About Bacteria.

How many bacteria live on Earth?

How many bacteria live on Earth?

How quickly do bacteria reproduce? Try to show this pattern as a graph or other visual display.

Microbiology Online

Microbe World

What do bacteria eat?  How do they take in their food?

Microbe World

How do bacteria eat?

Just the Facts - Task II

The producers also want to know about…

  1. helpful bacteria &
  2. harmful bacteria.

You will also need to research the following items as a part of your presentation.

Beneficial bacteria.

How are bacteria helpful to humans? Give at least four examples.
Give examples of foods made using bacteria.
What do bacteria do that is especially helpful to plants?

Bacteria – Good Guy or Bad Guy?
The Names and Functions of Beneficial Bacteria
9 Fact About Bacteria.

Harmful bacteria

Name some harmful bacteria.
How are bacteria harmful to humans? Give at least four examples.
Give two examples of bacteria that cause disease. Include their names and how bacteria spread.
Describe how bacteria cause food poisoning.

Bacteria – Good Guy or Bad Guy?
What Are Bacterial Diseases?
Types of Harmful Bacteria
9 Fact About Bacteria.

Process

Divide your poster into four parts. Label one quadrant “Facts about bacteria.” Label the second, “Beneficial Bacteria.” Label the third, “Harmful Bacteria.” Use the fourth to write your groups observations and recommendations.

Evaluation (The Good and Bad)

Bacteria Presentation Rubric

Category

1
No Proficiency

2
Partial Proficiency

3
Grade-level Proficiency

4
Above Grade-Level Proficiency

Organization

There is no organization to the presentation.

There is some organization to the presentation.

The presentation is organized.

The presentation is organized very well.

Content

Missing many required elements.

Missing some required elements.

Has all required elements.

Has more elements than required.

Presentation

Group was not prepared for their presentation.

Group was somewhat prepared for their presentation.

Group was prepared for their presentation.

Group was very well prepared for their presentation.

Participation

Only one group member participated in the presentation.

Some participation from other group members.

Most group members participated

All group members participate.

The Ugly

The Ugly

(Just thought I'd throw that in!)

Finished

You have reached the end of the WebQuest.  Repeat after me:

MonsterMonster

I am a microorganisms monster!
I am so good I can hardly stand it!


 

Bacteria

Image Source: Gordon Vrdoljak

Algae

Photo from the University of Maine

Volvox

Photo from Clinton Community College

Spirogyra

Photo from Clinton Community College

Paramecium

Photo from Clinton Community College

Foraminiferan (Protozoan)

Photo from Clinton Community College

Amoeba

Photo from Clinton Community College

Photos are used with permission.