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Special Collections for the K-12 Classroom


Explore the amazing world of microbes using our Special Collections! For teachers, discover a wealth of related resources, teaching strategies, and activities that have been developed by collaborating projects and fellow educators.



The Winogradsky Column is an excellent activity, specifically for grades 5 - 12, to demonstrate the growth of microorganisms. Building a Winogradsky Column is both inexpensive and effective, offering students a memorable hands-on experience. The resources provided will help you get started. Have fun in the mud!


Living in the Microbial World is a summer workshop for middle and high school educators, hosted by the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. This on-line collection represents resources and activities developed for, and as a result of, the collaboration between teacher participants and Woods Hole scientists.


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