Aug 292013

Larch roots

In an inquiry-based activity, students will learn about mycorrhizal fungi and how to find them by collecting roots, staining them with ink and vinegar, and looking for fungi under the microscope.

At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Use a microscope
  • Prepare wet-mount samples
  • Understand one example of a mutualistic interaction and how it can change depending on the environment
  • Formulate research questions
  • Make predictions about what will affect the abundance of a specific type of organism and collect data to test their predictions
  • Make and interpret graphs of data


Lesson plan created by Emily Grman, 2012