Day 1: Introducing Microbes as Decomposers
Students propose how dead plants disappear over time, then examine mold, and talk about microbes as decomposers.
For the class:
- paper grocery bag of dead plant material
- sheet of newprint
- copy of Who Eats What guide
For each pair of students:
- sandwich-size ziplock baggie of moldy squash or pumpkin (see "Planning Ahead")
- 2 hand lenses
See Lesson Resources below for further details.