At the completion of the unit, students will have a fundamental understanding of bacteria, their methods of transmission, diseases that they cause, shapes and variety within the Kingdom Monera.
Students will complete a project in which they will 1) use the internet to research a disease causing bacteria to learn more about it 2) use computer desktop publishing software (such as Pagemaker, Kid Pix or PrintShop) to create a "Most Wanted" poster outlining the "crimes" of their bacteria
Technology communication tools
Routinely and efficiently use online information resources to meet needs for collaboration, research, publications,
communications, and productivity.
Select and apply technology tools for research, information analysis, problem-solving, and decision-making in content
Collaborate with peers, experts, and others to contribute to a content related knowledge base by using technology to compile, synthesize, produce, and disseminate information, models, and other creative works.
Standard 1 Accesses information efficiently and effectively, as described by the following indicators:
1.recognizes the need for information:
2.recognizes that accurate and comprehensive information is the basis for intelligent decision making;
4.identifies a variety of potential sources of information;
5.develops and uses successful strategies for locating information.
Standard 3: Uses information effectively and creatively, as described by the following indicators:
1.organizes information for practical application;
2.integrates new information into one's own knowledge;
4.produces and communication information and ideas in appropriate formats.
Students must understand the impacts of bacteria, the world's most populous kingdom, in our society. They will be exposed to a variety of disease causing bacteria, available antibiotics and methods of controlling the bacteria. Through research and their subsequent publication, students will be well versed in one bacterial strain and will be exposed to many others in their peer's publications.
The projects created within this unit will be evaluated by the instructor for content and creativity. The research will support the correct creation of the publication. Specific criteria can be outlined for the student based on the teacher's own choices.
1. Research - this component will give the student the fundamentals of their assigned bacteria, allowing them to create the publication component correctly. Students will learn about the shape, method of transmission, preferred environment (host), diseases their bacteria can cause, and effective antibiotics to control their bacteria.
2. Publication - this component will encourage the student to apply the knowledge of their bacteria that they have learned in the research component. It will allow the student to present the information in a fun, creative and artistic way, versus a wrote or memorized fashion, which may or may not demonstrate what the student has learned.
INFORMATION MANAGERS (3.1)
Students locate, comprehend, interpret, evaluate, maintain, and apply information, concepts, and ideas found in literature, the arts, symbols, recordings, video and other graphic displays, and computer files in order to perform tasks and/or for enjoyment.
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATORS (3.2)
Students communicate in English and other languages using information, concepts, prose, symbols, reports, audio and video recordings, speeches, graphic displays, and computer-based programs.
Bacteria's Most Wanted - Pt 2
Bacteria's Most Wanted - Pt 1