This storyline aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards at MS-LS1-1.
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This storyline is grounded in the phenomenon of amoebic dysentery. It introduces microscopic unicellular organisms, encourages problem-solving and critical thinking, reinforces good experimental design, and makes real world connections to disease control and civil engineering.
It's clear that no one intended to harm the students, so how did tainted ingredients wind up in some of the party food? Students use a microscope to figure out just what kind of single-celled ne'er-do-well is behind the outbreak so that they can launch an investigation into the true source of the illness.