Microbiology Related Resources for School Teachers


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Access Excellence (Genentech)
(lists of successful field-tested biology exercises, including many making use of microorganisms)

ActionBioscience.org, is an education resource of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, aiming to promote literacy. The site provides peer-reviewed articles on bioscience issues. The site also provides educators with lessons and other resources to enhance bioscience teaching. Selected articles are translated into Spanish. ActionBioscience.org, features several articles about microorganisms, Please see the biodiversity menu at http://www.actionbioscience.org/biodiversity/index.html

The Annenberg/CPB Channel: Interactive Workshop Series (free educational programming for schools, colleges, and communities, done in association with Harvard U. and the Smithsonian Inst.  Carries TV programs for K-12 math and science education, e.g. various PBS series).

Also: Interactive Workshop Series (names, sites, leader information, and registration information) http://www.learner.org/channel/

The Bad Bug Book
(information on pathogenic bacteria)

Fran Balkwill and Mic Rolph
Microbes, Bugs, and Wonder Drugs
Portland Press, 1995
(Well illustrated biology text for middle and high school students emphasizing microbes, infection, and the immune sytem)

Bayer's Making Science Make Sense
(variety of approaches to enhancing science education in the U.S. via inquiry-based science programs)

The Big Picture Book of Viruses
(as it says)

Biofilms and Biodiversity
(variety of biodiversity-oiented exercises, put together by the Maryland Sea Grant Program at UMBI; entirely online, little microbiology)

Biolab Homepage
(wide range of good hands-on laboratory exercises and related biology materials for high schools and colleges)

BIOPI-L Home Page
(an unmoderated forum catering to needs of biology teachers and professionals: archives, resource lists, links, and references; little microbiology)

Bug Bytes
(information about infectious diseases)

Bugs in the News

Bugs on the Web
(various articles on microbes)

Captured Wisdom CD-ROM Library ? Technology in Education
(stories of teachers who have integrated technology into their instruction, with video descriptions and demonstrations)

Cells Alive
(cells of immune system, bacteria, parasites)

Digital Learning Center for Microbial Ecology
(microbes important in ecological studies)

Discovery Channel School
(Lesson plans, classroom activities; school store: videos, CD-ROMs; little microbiology)

S. Levine, and L. Johnstone: Fun with Your Microscope
Sterling Publ. Co., NY, 1998

Foundations, Vol.2: Inquiry: Thoughts, Views and Strategies for the K-5 Classroom

(a website of the Dept. of Education, that makes hundreds of learning
resources from 40+ federal organizations available)

Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM)
(high quality lesson plans, curriculum units, and other resources on the Internet for preK-12; no microbiology)

The Harmful Algae
(harmful algal blooms along the US coasts, with descriptions of some of the individual organisms, their toxic effects on man and marine animals, maps, and a photogallery)

(CD-ROM produced at Vanderbilt University by high school teachers and medical students covering a variety of subjects in microbiology and immunology, suitable for grades 7-12.  Available  on request, together with lesson plans developed for use in the classroom)
Virginia L. Shepherd
Depts. of Medicine, Biochemistry, and Pathology, Vanderbilt University
Tel: 615-327-4751x5499; Faxl 615-321-6305

Internet Scout: Net Happenings
("scout reports" in science and engineering, social sciences; K-12 Newsletter; the KIDS Report; lists websites of interest to scientists and educators)

Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth
(4-part TV series, prepared by the Microbial Literacy Collaborative, available as four 1-hour tapes for $99 (by calling 1-800-learner) or as videos for home use (call 1-800-423-1212)

Making a Home Made Microscope
(directions for making a homemade microscope)

L. Margulis and D. Sagan:
Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Evolution from Our Microbial Ancestors.
U. California Press, 1997.

(FM/SEM pictures of assorted microflora)

Microbe World
(variety of resources related to microbiology, organized by NABT's Microbial Literacy Collaborative; include 17 hands-on laboratory exercises, correlated with the themes and ideas of the American Society for Microbiology's "Intimate Strangers" TV series; also, the ASM's "Stalking the Mysterious Microbe")

The Microbe Zoo
(digital learning center for microbial ecology)

Microbiology News
(news articles on microbes and good links)

Microbiology Video Library
(Quicktime videos, related to microbiology)

The Microcosmos Curriculum Guide to Exploring Microbial Space, Kendall/Hunt, 1994
(excellent hands-on laboratory activities using microorganisms to teach all levels of science)

Micro-Organisms for Education
(excellent lists of microorganisms useful for schoolroom activities, distinguished by grade level and types of activities)

The Nanoworld
(electron micrographs of cells and cell structures)

National Science Resource Center: Microworlds: Science and Technology for Children, 1991

National Science Resource Center: Resources for Teachers, 1988

Online College Course in Microbiology
(as it says)

(online info about emerging diseases, historic and active)

PBS Teacher Source
(Extensive database of good lab exercises for elementary, middle, and high schools, but very little microbiology)

The Plankton Net 
(extensive materials on marine and lake plankton)

Project Micro
(series of curriculum guides to microscopic world and exercises in microscopy, available through Microscopy Society of America and National Science Teachers Association)

Prokaryotes, Eukaryotes, and Viruses Tutorial (from The Biology Project)

Protist Image Data

Resources for School Health Educators
(extensive list of resources and links)

Dorion Sagan and Lynn Margulis:
Garden of Microbial Delights.  Kendall/Hunt Publ. Co., Dubuque, 1993

Science Hobbies
(items and links brought together by Wm. Beaty of Seattle, including:: scientific
articles, experiments, ideas; ideas for science fairs; a science club; and a list of links
to sites providing lesson plans, free kits, ideas; a few microbiology experiments are

Science Netlinks
(a comprehensive "Homepage" for K-12 science educators, searchable by topics)

Science Screen Report
(educational video series for elementary, middle, and high schools)

The Science of HIV
(a comprehensive HIV curriculum, with student activities and video)

The Story of Murray the Bacterium
(good information in a fun story format)

Tutorials in Microbiology
(information and online experiments in microbiology)


Types of Bacteria
Extensive information and guidance on good and bad bacteria written in an engaging and friendly style.

Unseen Life on Earth: An Introduction to Microbiology
(12-part video and multimedia series and telecourse)

Janice Van Cleave's 200 Gooey, Slippery, Slimy, Weird and Fun Experiments.
John Wiley & Sons, NY, 1993.

Janice Van Cleave's 202 Oozing, Bubbling, Dripping and Bouncing Experiments.
John Wiley & Sons, NY 1996

The Virtual Museum of Bacteria
(internet sites with material relevant to many aspects of bacteriology: for the general public, introductory course and links; for the professional public, annotated lists of links)  Trudy M. Wassenaar, curator and guide

Website from the Sea
("Dive and Discover" program for 6-8th graders, run by Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst, with direct connections to field sites)