Which Microbe are You? Human Microbiome Edition

Students explore the human microbiome in this lesson, first by voting on some discussion questions, then by taking a 'microbial personality' quiz that matches them with a particular microbiome microbe. From there, students create concept maps in small groups, incorporating their microbe and some general terms and ideas. Students also create their own quiz question by learning about additional species that are part of our microbiome. Finally, students revisit the discussion questions from the beginning and justify their answers using examples from the human microbiome.

Intended Audience:
Grades 5-8, 9-12

Learning Objectives:
At the completion of this activity, the students will be able to:

  1. Define the terms “microbe” and “microbiome.”
  2. Describe some of the diverse features of microbes that live in or on the human body.
  3. Explain some ways in which microbes in our microbiomes help us.

Topic: Human Microbiome 

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Which Microbe are You? Human Microbiome Edition