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Bacteria: Diversity and Evolution

Activity Summary
Students explore bacterial diversity by swabbing various places in the school and determine which location has the most bacterial colonies. In addition, students investigate the effectiveness of several antibiotics to one another or the degree of antibiotic resistance in a bacterial species.

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Learning Objectives
1. Explain how the effectiveness of antibiotics is measured
2. Describe how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics
3. Identify places where bacteria can be found

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Lesson Plan

bacteria, antibiotics, zone of inhibition, antibiotic resistance

Last updated: 3/9/2015