Friday, December 17, 2010
Add a bit of whimsy to your study of viruses and bacteria! I picked up these Giant Microbes quite a few years ago now. I think they were pretty new then - they've since increased the collection by quite a bit.
I went with microbes common to schools (from left to right): common cold, flu, sore throat, and stomach ache. There are all variety of microbes including those making news in recent years: Swine flu, Bird flu, Mad Cow Disease, Multiple-Resistant Staph, etc. And there are also some cells (which might be worth adding to my collection): red blood cell, white blood cell, platelet, neuron, brain cell. You really just need to check out the whole collection...
The microbes come with a small information card, including the name of the actual virus/bacterium/fungi.
My students get a kick out of them, and they do come in handy when talking about virus/baceteria shapes.
Seriously, go now and take a look!