|Exploring Microorganisms WebQuest|
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This WebQuest addresses the following Utah 6th Grade Science Standards:
STANDARD V: Students will understand that microorganisms range from simple to complex, are found almost everywhere, and are both helpful and harmful.
Objective 1: Observe and summarize information about microorganisms.
Objective 3: Identify positive and negative effects of microorganisms and how science has developed positive uses for some microorganisms and overcome the negative effects of others.
There is a world we can’t see. This world is all around us. There are thousands of different organisms. We can’t live without them. They make us healthy. They help us digest our food. They make us sick. This is the world of the microorganism. Let’s explore their world.
The Unseen World
Most of the organisms you saw at the Zoo were bacteria. It’s time to move on and examine Kingdom Protista. Here are the single-celled organisms called Protozoans. To complete this worksheet, you need to visit The Smallest Page on the Internet. Click the icon below to get to the website.
All the information you will need to complete your worksheet can be found on this website. You will have to spend a little time reading and searching for answers, but you’ll learn a lot about Protozoans as you complete your worksheet.
The Protist Internet Lab Assignment, Part Deux
I hoped you noticed that there was a second part to this assignment. You have two options. You can complete the Index of Organisms worksheet. To do this, you’ll need to go to one of the websites below, select an organism, and complete the worksheet. If you can’t find all the answers at one site, go to the others. You’ll eventually be able to get all the information you need.
If you don’t want to do the Index of Organisms, you can let your poetic side show. Select a microorganism, get a separate sheet of paper, and write an ode to it. What is an ode? Great question! An ode is a serious poem written to honor something or someone. To see an example, look at the Ode to an Amoeba to get an idea how to write yours. Click below to get to the website.
People Like Me Because I’m a Fun Guy (Fungi, get it?)
If it weren’t for microorganisms, we wouldn’t have many food items we like to eat. You are now challenged to plan a meal made up of only food made with the help of microorganisms. As you research your meal, complete your menu. Click below if you don't have a copy of your menu.
Here are some websites that will help you find out about foods made with microorganisms.
Who Helped Us Learn About Problems With Microorganisms?
Many people helped us learn about problems we have frommicroorganisms. Your assignment is to make a History Of Microorganisms Timeline. Use your History Of Microorganisms Notes to help you as you make the timeline. If you don't have a copy , click one of the links above.
Congratulations! You're finished with this WebQuest. Great work!