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Fun with Fungi

Free Lesson | Plants | Spring
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In this lesson, students will learn about fungi and their role in the environment. You can take the lesson outdoors to collect mushrooms for spore prints or keep the learning inside with a drawing activity. Allow 15-20 minutes to deliver the content and another 20-60 minutes to collect your fungi. Please remember, do not eat any mushrooms you find!

Required Materials
  • Fun with Fungi presentation
  • Drawing Activity sheet
  • Fungi Flash Cards
  • Paper bag 
  • Trowel
  • Paper
  • Tupperware or other containers
Optional Materials
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Drawing materials
  • Teacher can assist with blunt knife if needed
NGSS Alignment
  • 2-LS4-1 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
    Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.
  • 5-LS2-1 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
    Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among
    plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
  • MS-LS1-4. Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.
  • HS.LS4.1 Communicate scientific information that common ancestry and biological evolution are supported by multiple lines of empirical evidence