Rediscovering Biology - Unit 4: Microbial Diversity
http://www.learner.org/channel/courses/biology/units/microb/index.html

Oregon Public Broadcasting, Annenberg Media Learner.org


This page is the jumping-off point for an educational unit on microbial diversity. There are links to a course outline and classroom activity worksheets, a 30-minute video, an online textbook chapter, images and animations that supplement the chapter, transcripts of interviews with five experts featured in the video, and a glossary and bibliography. The video and chapter cover the three domains (archaea, bacteria, eukaryotes), methods of studying the tree of life, the diversity of microbial metabolic systems, biofilms, and the role of microbes in global carbon and nitrogen cycling and human health. The course outline provides a structure for incorporating the video, the textbook chapter, and four classroom activities into a 2hr session appropriate for high school or undergraduate students.


Subject: Biology:Molecular Biology, Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Culturing Methods, Molecular Methods, Environmental Science:Ecosystems, Ecosystems:Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling, Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology , Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Evolution, Biology:Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Ecology:Metabolism, Biology:Diversity, Ecology:Biofilms, Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Biology:Evolution
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Animations/Video, Pedagogic Resources, Audio/Visual, Pedagogic Resources:Collection, Audio/Visual:Collections, Activities:Classroom Activity:Short Activity:Socratic Questioning, Course Information:Goals/Syllabi, Activities, :Classroom Activity:Short Activity, Activities:Classroom Activity, Classroom Activity:Short Activity:Think-Pair-Share, Course Information
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), Middle (6-8), High School (9-12)Keywords: online textbook, video, microbial diversity, bacteria, archaea, PCR, phylogenetics, tree of life, metabolism, photosynthesis, methanogens, biofilms