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.
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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.