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Classroom Microbes

Activity Summary
Microbes are organisms that are too small to see with the naked eye. Large aggregations of microorganisms can be grown in a petri dish to observe without a microscope. Bacteria and fungi are both ubiquitous in most environments, including your classroom. In this laboratory exercise, you will hypothesize about the presence of these microbes and then sample your surroundings.

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Learning Objectives
1. Identify mold and bacteria
2. Explain where these microorganisms are found
3. Analyze the results of their petri plates and associated hypotheses

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bacteria, mold, fungi, microbiology

Last updated: 3/6/2015