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Bacteria Wanted Poster Research Project
Joyce Calo

Background Information:
Students will research one bacterial pathogen and produce a "Wanted Poster."

Student Requirements:
Students select a pathogen from the list below or select one off the list. They will then produce a wanted poster with the given parameters.

pathogen disease
Bacillus anthracis anthrax
Bordetella pertussis whooping cough
Clostridium botulinum botulism
Clostridium perfringensgas gangrene
Clostridium tetani tetanus
Corynebacterium diphtheriadiphtheria
Escherichia coli acute pyelonephritis
Francisella tularensistularemia or rabbit fever
Hemophilus influenzaemeningitis
Lactobacillus acidophilus cavities
Mycobacterium lepraeleprosy (Hansen's disease)
Mycobacterium tuberculosis tuberculosis
Neisseria gonorrhoeae gonorrhoea
Neisseria meningitidis spinal menigitis
Rickettsia richettsii Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Rickettsia prowazekii typhus
Salmonella typhi typhoid fever
Salmonella typhimuriumfood poisoning
Shigella dysenteriae dysentery
Streptococcus mutans cavities
Streptococcus pneumoniaepneumonia
Streptococcus (group A) scarlet fever
Streptococcus (group A)rheumatic fever
Treponema pallidum syphilis
Treponema pertenue yaws
Vibrio cholerae cholera
Yersinia pestis plague

Project Description/Abstract:
Make a wanted poster for one of the Monerans listed above. Poster is to be on 8.5" x 11" paper. Include:

  1. "photo" (electron micrograph or microscopic picture/diagram)
  2. description - include Gram stain
  3. organism's m.o. (police jargon) (How the organism attacks and spreads)
  4. most common victims to prey upon
  5. hide out of the culprit (where it is most likely to be found)
  6. most common injury done to victim
  7. Is it considered armed and dangerous? rate the degree of damage caused
  8. number of victims
  9. most effective weapons against the germ
  10. any other identifying characteristics (such as tattoos)

    Students have one period in the library/media center to research their disease. Any additional time needed for research or production of the poster is to be done on their own.

    Evaluation: Students are graded by the above criteria.

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