Bacteria, Mold, and Microorganisms
There is a hidden world of microorganisms like molds and bacterias all around you in your home, school, everywhere you look. Microorganisms can consist of a single cell or multiple cells, but all are so small that they can only be viewed through a microscope. A scientist named Antoine van Leeuwenhoek discovered the first microorganism in 1674 using a microscope that he invented. Microorganisms serve as decomposers in their environment and provide nutrient recycling. They are versatile and resilient life forms that can be found in even the most extreme environments like Antarctica and the Mariana Trench. Microorganisms are classified as either Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes. Prokaryotes do not have a nucleus and Eukaryotes do. Some microorganisms can be dangerous to the health of plants, humans, and animals such as mold and bacteria. You may not realize it since they are often invisible, but microorganisms are an important part of our world. You can learn a lot about biology and cellular structures by studying microorganisms beneath a microscope. Explore the websites below to learn more about cellular structures, different types of microorganisms, and fun ideas for microbiology experiments.
What and Where Are Microorganisms? – The Children’s University of Manchester teaches you about different types of microorganisms and where you can find them.
Bite Size Science: Microorganisms – Learn more about both helpful and harmful microorganisms.
Biology 4Kids: Microbacteria – A lesson on Microbiology that covers viruses, bacteria, protozoa, fungi, and more.
Small, Small World – National Geographic’s Microbe Photo Gallery
Germ Movie for Kids – a video about viruses and bacteria.
Biology for Kids – Bacteria and Germs information with diagrams
Building Blocks of Life – Ask a Biologist about the parts of a cell.
Cell Parts Flash Cards – Quiz yourself on the cell parts and their functions.
Cells Cells: Parts of the Cell Rap – A rap video to help you remember the parts of the cell.
Microscope Detective – Eight Microscope experiment ideas.
MIcroscopes for Schools– How to do a Yogurt Bacteria experiment.
Yogurt Microscope Experiment – Video instructions for the Yogurt Microscope experiment.
Science Games for Kids – Microorganism games for kids.
Backyard Brains – This a blood cell microscope experiment.
Observe Mold Up Close – How to observe mold under a microscope.
Mold Under a Microscope – A video of mold up close under a microscope.
Mold Project – An experiment that will teach you how to grow mold.
Mold Bread Experiment – An experiment that will grow three different types of bread mold.
Microscope Slides – A gallery of slides of various microorganisms under the microscopes.
Cell Mates – Some more experiments to try with a microscope.
How to Use a Microscope – This site will teach you how to use your microscope.
How to Make a Cork Slide – A video that will show you how to prepare a cork slide.
Microbiology: First Insights – A history of microbiology.
Father of Microbiology – Information on the father of Microbiology, Antione van Leeuwenhoek.
Crash Course Biology – The Crash Course video on Archaea, Bacteria, and Protists