Ch 12: Microbiology & Types of Microbes - Middle School Life Science: Homeschool Curriculum

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The Microbiology and Types of Microbes unit of this Middle School Life Science Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about microscopic organisms. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our Middle School Life Science Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about microbiology and types of microbes. There is no faster or easier way to learn about life science. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about fungi, vaccines, bacteria, algae and antibiotics.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a life science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a Microbiology and Types of Microbes unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Microbiology and Types of Microbes Unit Objectives:

  • Understand the Germ Theory of Disease and Louis Pasteur's involvement.
  • Read about the development of the first vaccine and the introduction of antibiotics.
  • Compare prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
  • Define and see examples of archaea.
  • Understand the characteristics and see example of bacteria.
  • Identify cyanobacteria and its characteristics.
  • Get an overview of protozoa.
  • Examine how algae differs from other microbes.
  • Discover the types of fungi.

8 Lessons in Chapter 12: Microbiology & Types of Microbes - Middle School Life Science: Homeschool Curriculum
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The Germ Theory of Disease: Definition & Louis Pasteur

1. The Germ Theory of Disease: Definition & Louis Pasteur

In this lesson, we will look at one of the most influential experiments in the field of microbiology. We will learn how Louis Pasteur disproved the theory of spontaneous generation which helped lead to the development of the germ theory of disease.

Antibiotics and Vaccines

2. Antibiotics and Vaccines

Do you know why children must get regularly vaccinated? Have you ever wondered how an antibiotic works and why they are so widely prescribed? If so, this lesson will help you to understand how changes in medicine have almost eliminated several deadly diseases and added decades to the average person's lifespan.

Archaea: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

3. Archaea: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

There is an entire domain of life that is made up of single-celled organisms without nuclei. We're not referring to the Bacteria domain, however. In this lesson, we will examine the main characteristics of the least commonly known domain, the Archaea.

What is Bacteria? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

4. What is Bacteria? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

This lesson will introduce the Bacteria, a large and diverse group of microorganisms. We will examine several key characteristics, as well as a few commonly known examples of bacterial species.

Cyanobacteria: Definition, Characteristics & Species

5. Cyanobacteria: Definition, Characteristics & Species

Cyanobacteria are a phylum of Bacteria that produce oxygen during photosynthesis. This lesson will examine cyanobacteria and the role they played in establishing our oxygen-rich atmosphere.

What are Protozoa? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

6. What are Protozoa? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

Taxonomy is the realm of science that attempts to group similar organisms together, which is not always an easy task. In this lesson, we will examine the protozoa, a diverse group of organisms that didn't really fit anywhere else.

What is Algae? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

7. What is Algae? - Definition, Characteristics & Examples

Plants are not the only organisms capable of carrying out photosynthesis. In this lesson we will look at algae and how an algal species can be differentiated from other organisms and microbes.

What are Fungi? - Types and Characteristics

8. What are Fungi? - Types and Characteristics

In this lesson, we will examine the group of organisms known as the fungi. This group includes the familiar organisms mushrooms, yeasts and molds. We will look at several major characteristics of fungi, as well as a few disease-causing fungi.

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