In this activity, students investigate microbial presence in soil by building a habitat suitable for their growth.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate that the soil is home to many microorganisms.
  • explain that microbes grow in response to different needs such as light, oxygen, no oxygen and various energy sources.

Download the Word file for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • discussion questions
  • student handout.
    Published 30 July 2013