Survival of the Fittest Microbes: Examining the Conditions of One River and the Microbes that Thrive There

Georgia Scurletis, Javaid Khan, New York Times Learning Network

In this lesson, created for grades 6 - 12, students learn about the harsh conditions of Spain's Rio Tinto River and research the microbes that nonetheless manage to thrive there. They then synthesize their knowledge by creating a reality television program set in the Rio Tinto in which the microbes are the "contestants." The lesson includes an article about the Rio Tinto with accompanying questions, a detailed classroom activity, vocabulary list, discussion questions, extension activities, interdisciplinary connections, and related academic content standards.

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Subject: Biology:Ecology:Principles, Metabolism, Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology:Microbiology
Resource Type: Activities:Writing Assignment, Classroom Activity
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)
Extreme Environments: Acidic, Altered by HumansKeyword: eukaryotic extremophiles