Adopt a Microbe! - Digital Adaptation

Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School

Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School


This activity is a Google Slide playlist that will introduce students to microbes that can be found in deep sea sediments, and what roles they play in their environment. This playlist is suitable for use in remote or in-person instruction and can easily be added to a Learning Management System.

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Suitable for middle grades science or high school earth science courses.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Students should be familiar with using Google Slides. This is an introductory assignment for deep sea microbes. No prior knowledge is necessary.

How the activity is situated in the course

This activity can be used as a stand-alone activity or in combination with a unit on microbes. This activity is also suitable for remote or in-person instruction.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

Students will learn about deep sea microbes and their role in the environment.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Students will gather information about deep sea microbes through a series of learning activities. Students will write a reflection, answer comprehension questions based on a reading passage, and write a haiku to summarize their learning.

Other skills goals for this activity

Description and Teaching Materials

Use the link below to access a "view only" copy of the playlist. You can choose, "File" then "Make a Copy" from the tool bar to create an editable copy. A "force copy" link is provided on the first slide.

Teaching Notes and Tips

This activity is easily integrated into a Learning Management System for easy access for students.


Students will complete activities as they progress through the playlist that provide formative assessments of the material being introduced. Students can submit the slides in a Learning Management System so teachers can check their work.

References and Resources

This activity is a digital adaptation of the Adopt a Microbe Lesson found at:

Extension activities:
On Board the JOIDES Resolution: Virtual Tour
15 Second Science Youtube Playlist
Project VIDEO Dive Deeper Youtube Playlist
Exploring a Land Down Under Music Video
What is a CORK? Video

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