Micro-organisms are living organisms too small to be seen with the naked eye; they are microscopic. Micro-organisms are found almost everywhere on Earth and can be both useful and harmful to humans. It is important to clarify that microbes are not innately useful or harmful.

Although extremely small, microbes come in many different shapes and sizes. The three groups of microbes covered in this resource are viruses, bacteria and fungi.

In this lesson plan, students are introduced to a wide range of useful and harmful microbes through an interactive card game. They will investigate well known microbes and learn about antimicrobial resistance.

Learning Outcomes:

  • All students will:
  • Understand there are three different types of microbe
  • Understand that microbes are found everywhere
  • Understand that useful bacteria are found in our body
  • Understand that microbes come in different sizes
  • Most students will:
  • Understand the key differences between the three main types of microbe

Activities Include:

  • Main Activity:
  • Microbe Mayhem Card Game
  • Extension Activities:
  • Research Poster
  • Microbes Quiz

Curriculum Links:

  • Science:
    • Working scientifically
    • Scientific attitudes
    • Experimental skills and investigations
  • Biology:
    • Structure and function of living organisms
    • Cells and organisation
    • Genetics and Evolution
    • Inheritance
    • chromosomes
    • DNA and genes
    • Health and prevention
  • English:
    • Reading
    • Writing