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Culturing Bacteria - COSEE Coastal Trends

Lesson Plan 

Students collect water samples, plate the samples on suitable agar, and count bacteria colonies present in each sample to compare and contrast the types of bacteria living in a variety of aquatic environments. 

Concept: Ocean microbes
Microbes are an important component of ocean life.

National Science Education Standards
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K-12 Unifying Concepts and Processes
Systems, order, and organization
Evidence, models, and explanation

9-12 A Science as Inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understandings about scientific inquiry

9-12 C Life Science
The cell
Behavior of organisms

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems (concept b)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 5 A Survey of Life in the Sea 5:16-20