Gourmet Mushroom Products:
Educator's Mushroom Growth Kit - Bring
the amazing world of fungi into your home or classroom or home school:
lesson plans - anatomy and life cycle worksheets - Mushroom Module
For teachers and science students; Kits
contain a jar that has been pre-inoculated with mushroom mycelium and is ready
to produce mushrooms in your classroom or for your science project. Includes
lessons plans and study guides that meet or exceed the National Life Science
Content Standards, instructions for experiments, and materials for making spore
|Biology Science Project
Why should you be
teaching your students about fungi?
As Earth’s recyclers, fungi are essential
components of our ecosystems cycling nutrients for plants,
animals and bacteria. It has recently been discovered that
over 90% of all land plants grow in conjunction with a fungal
partner that protects them from disease and aids in the
absorption of nutrients from the soil. Many plant-fungal
partnerships are even required for plant growth and survival.
Finally, if you’ve ever eaten bread, enjoyed blue cheese
dressing, drank wine, taken an antibiotic or ordered mushrooms
on a pizza, then you’ve benefited from this incredible group
The Educator’s Mushroom Growth Kit™ will
allow you to bring the amazing world of fungi into your
classroom with a complete, standards-based lesson plans,
biology, anatomy and lifecycle worksheets, and our exclusive Mushroom
Modules™ make the growing of mushrooms easy and fun. No matter
what grade level, the Educator’s Growth Kit will allow you
to effectively deliver a high quality and exciting lessons on
the wonders of the fungal kingdom.
NSES based lesson plans:
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.
Lesson Plans (copies for teacher & 24 students) have been aligned with the national content standards eliminating guesswork and streamlining your preparation time.
Both lesson plans (Basic and 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
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 lifecycle
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
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.
|Biology, Lifecycle & Anatomy worksheets:|
Our accurate and up to date lifecycle and anatomy worksheets will allow you to show your students the biological features of fungal growth and reproduction. The middle/high school level lifecycle 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!
Our exclusive Mushroom Modules™ make growing mushrooms easy and fun! The
GMI 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.*
Our middle/high school kits are supplied with two Modules for a laboratory
investigation of the physiological effects of gravity (gravitropism) on
mushroom growth. In addition, the decomposed sawdust mushroom substrate in the
module can be used for plant propagation to demonstrate nutrient recycling.
Our basic K-4 kit includes one Mushroom Module™ and the middle and high school
kits include two Modules for the optional gravitropism laboratory exercise.
Note: Although the 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 (ie your classroom or laboratory.
Educator's Mushroom Kit (1-Module) - $25.95
Basic Lesson Plan - Please Indicate Grade Level when you order.
Please Indicate Grade Level when you order.
Educator's Mushroom Kit (2-Modules) - $35.95
Advanced Lesson Plan
Please Indicate Grade Level when you order.
Shipping Notes: Kits Ship Only on Tues. Orders must be received by noon on Friday to
ship the next week.
More information on mushrooms:
Mushroom Information and Educational Projects with Mushrooms
|Let's Grow Mushrooms! - 2 DVD
Set by Marc Keith
How to Grow Mushrooms: A complete hands-on guide to cultivating
edible and medicinal mushrooms at home or school! This 2 DVD set is
extremely comprehensive and easy to follow. Highly recommended for both
novices and experienced mushroom growers. Let's Grow Mushrooms! is
ideal for both the experienced cultivator who wants to see the more
complicated tasks demonstrated in a visual format, and the beginning
mushroom grower who is confused about exactly where to start the whole
process. If you're a student, our DVD will help you turn in a show-stopper
at the science fair. $49.95 + S/H
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