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Bacteria Safari: Forest on your Fingernail
Wednesday 17th Oct 2018, 09.00am

Bacteria Safari: The Forest on your Fingernail

What on Earth can tiny microorganisms tell us about the animal and plant life around us? Bacteria are tiny organisms that exist everywhere; including on us! Watch this animation...

Researchers at the University of Oxford are study how bacteria live together, interact or compete, and hope to test theories about how much larger species interact. In these resources, inspired by this research, students devise a method to test whether the microorganisms in probiotics make it to the stomach alive (KS3), looks at how antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria develop (KS4), research what drives competitions or cooperation in animals (KS4), and read a research paper to consider evidence around how the microbiome can effect mood (KS5).
KS3 - Beneficial Bacteria
KS4 - Alternative Antibiotics
KS4 - Cooperate or Compete
KS5 - Gut Feeling
Probiotics contain species of these bacteria but do they actually work to increase their population in our intestines? This activity is suitable for extending the more able students. They plan an investigation to collect evidence before evaluating how valid their data would be.
In this activity students use a model to understand how antibiotic resistant bacteria develop and then investigate a possible solution.
Some groups of organisms live in harmony, sharing and helping each other. Whilst others fight for their share of resources – what drives organisms to cooperate or compete?In this lesson students find out why the work of microbiologists at The University of Oxford is helping to answer this question. This lesson is best used after students have studied competition between organisms. The main activity can be carried out for homework.
In this activity students read an extract from a paper written by microbiologists and The University of Oxford to understand how bacteria can influence our thoughts and feelings – are they trying to manipulate their hosts for their own benefit or is this simply a side-effect?
protecting elephants, protecting humans
Monday 8th Oct 2018, 09.00am

Protecting elephants, protecting humans

How do we find ways for people and wildlife to co-exist? Elephants pose a particular problem as their large size means they need to roam over large areas to find food, water and refuge.

The Mali elephants might provide some clues.

Researchers have been studying elephants and humans in Mali to understand they can adapt to each other in mutually beneficial ways. In these resources, students think about how adaptation applies to extinction or co-existence (KS3), explore the differences between biotic and abiotic factors (KS4), model population growth and changes (KS5) and apply their knowledge about ecosystems to describe the case study of elephants in Mali (KS5).
KS3 - Adapt or extinct?
KS4 - Abiotic or biotic?
KS5 - Changing a population
KS5 - Inside the ecosystem
Learning Outcomes: 1. Recap ecosystem knowledge and describe common resources that organisms compete for 2. Determine how organisms can adapt, particularly to their environment 3. Apply adaptation to extinction and co-existence
Learning Outcomes 1. List abiotic and biotic factors and describe their difference 2. Apply biotic factors and competition knowledge to elephants in Mali 3. Describe stable and unstable populations
Learning Outcomes 1. Describe what determines a population size 2. Graph a changing population and calculate the rate of change 3. Compare and contrast intraspecific competition and interspecific competition
Learning Outcomes 1. Define the terms abiotic and biotic, referencing the biosphere 2. Explain what an ecosystem is and apply it to elephants in Mali 3. Describe the population, community and habitat of elephants in Mali