NSES based lesson plan:
Offered for all grade levels, our professionally authored National Science Education Standards (NSES) based lesson plans give you everything you need to get started teaching your students about the amazing world of fungi. They’ve been aligned with the national content standards eliminating guesswork and streamlining your preparation time. The lesson plans (Basic & Advanced) include a full chapter’s worth of textbook-style background information as well as concepts, science themes, laboratory and extension activities. In addition, the Educator’s Mushroom Growth Kit™lesson plans have been reviewed and endorsed by the California Department of Education as an approved NSES based teaching resource.
Basic Lesson Plan:
Observe mycelial (vegetative) growth and mushroom (reproductive) growth.
Learn to identify the basic parts of a mushroom and learn how fungi reproduce using a life cycle diagram.
Harvest a fresh mushroom, take a spore print on paper and compare them with one another.
Demonstrate natural nutrient recycling and how plants, and fungi work together in nature.
Advanced Lesson Plan:
- Observational experiments and activities.
- Be introduced to the fungal kingdom.
Understand the many roles fungi play in our environment.
Learn how fungi reproduce through study of a life cycle diagram, and identify the basic parts of a fungus/mushroom.
Learn basic features and examples of the four major fungal phyla (Chytridiomycota, Zygomycota, Basidiomycota, and Ascomycota).
Observe fungal mycelium and all stages of mushroom growth.
Collect mushroom spores to visualize the reproductive units of mushrooms.
Investigate the effects of gravity (gravitropism) on mushroom growth, adaptive responses and the implications for fungal reproduction. An optional lab report with results and analysis can be assigned.
Understand and observe how fungi transform organic wastes (in this case sawdust) into a nutritious soil that can support plant growth.
Lifecycle & Anatomy worksheets:
Our accurate and up to date life cycle and anatomy worksheets will allow you to show your students the biological features of fungal growth and reproduction. The middle/high school level life cycle diagram is also designed as a worksheet complete with a key for teaching fungal terminology and/or preparing examinations.
Our exclusive Mushroom Modules™ make growing mushrooms easy and fun!
The Educator’s Growth Kit™ state of the art Mushroom Modules™ make classroom/laboratory mushroom cultivation nearly foolproof. Extensively tested by teachers and curriculum developers alike, they will bring the exciting world of fungal growth and reproduction into your classroom or laboratory! Each Mushroom Module™ will produce enough mushrooms for demonstration activities like creating spore prints and/or microscopic examinations. The Modules™ will produce a cluster of the common Oyster mushroom (P. ostreatus) which are completely safe and edible.*
*NOTE Although the Oyster mushrooms produced by the Module™ are completely safe and edible, we do NOT recommend consuming them because they will not be grown in a food-safe, sanitary environment (i.e. your classroom or laboratory).