Guidelines for Submitting an Activity
The Curriculum Library for K-12 education publishes peer-reviewed resources that convey important scientific concepts from the microbial world, such as microbial processes, methods used to study microorganisms and other general science topics. The activities are student-centered, problem-based, hands-on, and foster collaborative and cooperative behavior. Many are multidisciplinary and facilitate the link of biology with other sciences. All activities include both Teacher and Student Handouts.

Exercises must be field tested and aligned with the National Science Education Science Content Standards, Whenever needed, biological agents should not exceed the CDC's Biosafety Standards – Level 1  microorganisms. A good source of information is the article Safe Microorganisms for Education posted at  Materials must be copyright-free and containing appropriate credits and references.  Be sure to include all pertinent information. 

We encourage you to enhance your activity with animations, images, or videos from the MicrobeLibrary visual collection ( href="> This free resource has peer-reviewed items that can enhance a classroom exercise. If you incorporate any of these items, please provide credit for the authors.

All activities submitted for review should follow the sections outlined below.


A. Title
Select a title that clearly defines the content of the activity.

B. Author(s)

Provide name, affiliation, city, state, and e-mail address(es) for each author. Please acknowledge any other contributors.

C. Intended Audience

Select one or more audience(s) that identifies the appropriate student group:
K-4 _____  5-8 _____9-12 _____ 

D. Activity Characteristics for (check all that apply):
Classroom setting _____Requires special equipment  _____Uses hands-on manipulatives  _____Requires mathematical skills  _____Can be performed individually  _____Requires group work  _____Requires more than one class period (45 minutes)  _____Appropriate for students with special needs _____ 


A. Description: Include one sentence to describe the submission. 

B. Abstract/Summary
Provide a concise summary of the activity in approximately 50-100 words.

C. Core Themes Addressed

Select the core theme(s) in microbiology that closely match the activity: Microbial Cell Biology _____Microbial Genetics     _____Microorganisms and Humans _____Microorganisms and the Environment _____ Microbial Evolution and Diversity _____ Other (please specifiy) _______________________________

D. Interdisciplinary Themes Addressed
Please provide a description of additional topics that your activity includes. Please explain what concepts this activity introduces or utilizes in any/all of these topics:

Humanities (History, Art, Music, English, Writing)
Social Sciences (Economics, Psychology, Political Science)
Computer Science
Earth Science
Environmental Science

E. Keywords List
3-4 keywords which identify scientific concepts and pedagogical methods in the activity. These words should be appropriate for searching purposes.  Do not duplicate words included in the title.   MicrobeLibrary Keyword List

F. Learning Objectives/Outcomes

Provide a list of clearly stated learning outcomes.  "At completion of this activity, learner will…." 

G. National Science Education Standards Addressed

Include the NSES to be addressed, and state how the activity addresses the standard. In this description, please state the concepts that are discussed in this activity. Please be sure to stress any interdisciplinary connections this activity has to concepts outside the life sciences. 

Teacher and Student Handouts

The teacher handout should provide information helpful to teachers including, but not limited to, required prior knowledge, background information, materials, methods, delivery, safety, assessment, and supplementary materials. Should this activity include additional interdisplinary concepts, the teacher handout should also include suggestions and additional plans on how to use this material outside of the life sciences. 

The Student Handout should include information helpful to students such as vocabulary, materials checklist, procedures, results, safety measures, and follow-up questions.  The handout should also introduce any additional interdisciplinary concepts and follow-up questions. 


If you are interested in submitting an activity for publication, please send your submission electronically to as a MS Word document, or rich text format. Use Verdana, Arial, or Times New Roman font size 12. Your submission will be reviewed by a group of microbiologists and educators, and you should expect to be contacted within 6-8 weeks.  


Currently there are no deadlines for submissions. Materials are received on a continuous basis.


All submitted items are peer-reviewed by a group of microbiologists and school teachers, and selected for scientific and educational content, pedagogical (or active learning) processes, clarity and completeness of instruction materials and assessment plans, and alignment to the stated guidelines. Reviewers consider: 

Content ·  Does the title express the content of the activity?  ·  Does the abstract effectively summarize the activity? ·  Does the activity include teaching/learning objectives?·  Does the activity address one or more of the National Science Education Standards?  ·  Are appropriate safety requirements identified?  ·  Is the level of the activity appropriate for K-12 students?  ·  Are appropriate keywords provided to describe the activity? ·  Does the core theme appropriately reflect content?  Does the core include connections to interdisciplinary themes (if applicable)? 

·  Does the activity actively involve students in learning concepts, investigative techniques, or skills development?
·  Is the activity innovative? 
·  Does it involve collaboration or group work, students in higher level thinking skills or communication or mathematical skills (if applicable)? 
·  Can this activity be utilized across several disciplines?  

·  Does the time required for the activity appear reasonable? 
·  Is the materials list clear and complete? 
·  Are materials readily available or are sources provided? 
·  Are recipes and storage for media and reagents provided, if applicable? 
·  Are instructions and procedures for students clear and complete? 
·  Are instructions and procedures for teachers clear and complete? 
·  Are prerequisites for knowledge and skills clearly stated? 
·  Are adequate support materials provided? 
·  Are all safety issues addressed?  

·  Can the presentation of the activity lead students to achieve the stated learning objectives? 
·  Are assessment methods described to determine whether students have achieved the stated learning objectives? 
·  Has the activity been field tested?
·  Does completion of the activity result in a higher degree of comprehension or skill level as stated in the learning objectives?
·  Are answer keys included for review or testing questions?



Susan M. Deines, MS., MT (ASCP)
Colorado State University

Ft. Collins, CO

Ruth A. Gyure, PhD.
Western CT State University
Danbury, CT  

Michael J. Hanophy PhD.
St. Joseph's College
Brooklyn, NY

V. Harbour, PhD., M.P.H.

College of Southern Nevada (CCSN) Cheyenne Campus

Las Vegas, NV


Phoebe Lostroh, PhD.
Colorado College
Rocky Mountain West, CO

Kristin F. Picardo, PhD.
St. John Fisher College
Rochester, NY

David R. Wessner, PhD.  
Davidson College

Davidson, NC


Individuals submitting activities must attest that they hold/own the copyright and that the materials are original.  ASM requires prospective authors to grant ASM the nonexclusive world rights and license to reproduce, publish or distribute materials on ASM sponsored websites.  The author(s) retains copyright so that he/she may republish or otherwise use these materials. ASM agrees to give authors appropriate credit in all ASM reproductions, copies, and publications of the materials. ASM reserves the right to edit resources to conform to the ASM style of writing.   SUPPORT FOR K-12 TEACHERS Authors must be willing to be contacted electronically by K-12 teachers if clarification is needed for a particular exercise.