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Fully-equipped RMS Microscope Activity Kit to your school, providing microscopes for schools as well as ready to go activities, giving you everything that you need to reveal microscopic life and structures across all the curriculum.

Learn some of the basics about micro-organisms with this e-source and find out how microbes get into food. Age range given as 14-16 - may be challenging for some pupils.

Bitesize revision covering microbes and disease. Stduents can work through each section. At the end of each section is an activity and a short test.

This practical activity allows students to directly observe protoctista in a sample of water. This helps to reinforce understanding on how water-borne pathogens can be responsible for the spread of disease. It also helps students practice their skills in microscopy and making observations. Protoctista are readily available from suppliers or simply from samples of pond water. Teacher notes, apparatus list and method are included.

The resource details a student investigate into the effect of different preservatives on frozen peas. It helps students to understand that food decay is caused by the action of microbes, and therefore preservatives work by reducing microbe activity. Teacher notes, apparatus list, safety guidance and student instructions are included.

Resource to support students identifying bacteria cultured on agar.

A great site with lots of info including ?microbes in the news? and a careers section. Also relevant for next lesson in the friend or foe section.

There are 11 pages in this electronic resource including: * Pathogens and disease * Barriers to infection * Acquired immunity * Immunisation * Medicines and the immune system * Vaccinations in the UK * Antibiotics * Immune system causes problems * HIV/AIDS Interactive features include the glossary, diagrams and some quiz questions

A nice clear summary, slightly interactive.

Find out about how our immune system works and how vaccinations can be used to prevent us getting diseases.

Through the years many different scientists have changed the way we understand and treat disease. Many of them were living and working at much the same time. This timeline shows some of the main characters involved in explaining infectious diseases and working out how to treat them.

An overview of modern medicines used to treat infectious diseases by killing the pathogens that cause them. Includes information on antibiotic resistance, how medicines are developed and different types of medicines.

Key facts and important ideas that will help students with last minute revision about microbiology.

Micro-organisms play an important role in the production of many of the foods we eat and drink. Find out more and download recipes that use micro-organisms.

A range of age-specific resources that can be ordered from the Society for General Microbiology. Most of the resources can be ordered free of charge.

You could this activity at the start of the KS3 topic 'Microbes and Disease' . Print out and laminate the three PowerPoints, and stick them on the walls around the classroom. Each student goes round the room finding the information to fill in their summary sheet.

Symptoms, treatment, prevention of a number of diseases including HIV, flu, chickenpox, malaria.

Some experiments based on the science of bread, looking at how yeast works and how sugar affects CO2 production.

Colourised EM images of insects, bacteria, moulds, bedbugs, head louse... Each links to a short paragraph about the organism and a larger image.

Images and information on different microbes - including which are 'good' and which are 'bad' to us.

A guide to observing different microbes, including: algae or protozoa on unstained wet mounts, and bacteria or fungi in a petri dish.

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