Some Like It Hot, Some Like It Cold: Microbial Life in Hot Springs and Antarctic Lakes

Sharon Harris, TEA: Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic

This website contains a lab activity, appropriate for use in grades 9-12 Biology I, that will help students understand the role of temperature in determining what kinds of organisms are found in extreme environments. Students will measure growth patterns for bacterial cultures and compare their results to growth data for organisms in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. This site features the full lesson plan as well as links to the "hook", a future data table, resources, a student page, and a PDF version of this lesson.

Subject: Biology:Microbiology, Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Microbiology:Methods of Microbiology :Culturing Methods, Microscopy
Resource Type: Activities:Lab Activity
Grade Level: High School (9-12)
Extreme Environments: Extremely Cold, Extremely Hot
Topics: Biosphere:Microbiology, Methods of Microbiology:Culturing Methods, Biosphere:Ecology:Abiotic Relations, Biosphere:Methods of Microbiology:Microscopy