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Microbe Mania

In this section students are introduced to the wonderful world of microbes. First students explore the different types and shapes of microbes and later closely examine useful and harmful microbes. A Microsoft Powerpoint presentation and the 'How Big is a Microbe?' animation may assist in the teaching of this difficult topic.

This introductory activity encourages students to use their observational skills and imagination to create microbes using play dough. Through this interactive activity, students learn about bacteria, viruses and fungi, their shapes and that they can be found everywhere.

The extension activity Microbe Mania reinforces the classroom lesson and allows students to decide whether the microbe being discussed is a bacterium, a virus or a fungus.


DISCLAIMER: e-Bug was developed for use in schools pre-COVID-19 and so some activities may require modification based on your school’s distancing guidelines.

Please use your judgement and tell us how you have modified the activities, or if you would like to discuss some ideas, contact e-Bug@phe.gov.uk

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