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for grades: 3 - 12
students, and their parents, do not make the connection between a
mushroom and fungus. Although they know that a mushroom is a
fungus, they don't see the mushroom as a "fruiting body" there
only to produce and disperse spores for reproduction.
presentation will introduce students to the Fungi Kingdom and will point
out that fungi are both beneficial and harmful. They are great
recyclers that break down organic matter.
should be reminded that fungus identification is very difficult and
should be left to the experts. There are many that are poisonous
that could kill your or make you very sick.
who study fungi - the science of "mycology" - are called
will learn that fungi are made up of two main parts: the
"mycelium" below the substrate, and the "fruiting
body" above the surface. The concealed mycelium is made up a
network of thin, moist thread-like "filaments" called "hyphae".
Exoenzymes are secreted into the environment where they digest the food
into small molecules that can be absorbed and used by the fungus.
role of the fruiting body is explored and students will see images of
several types of mushrooms demonstrating the wide differences in shape,
size, colour and growing location.
of mushrooms illustrate the various parts of a fruiting body and the
are examples of fungi growing on organic matter and students will learn
that fungi that feed on dead matter are called "saprotrophic"
while those feeding on living organisms are called
days in the life of a mushroom" depicts the life-cycle of a visible
presentation concludes with some fun fungi and mushroom facts.
terms: heterotrophic, mycology, cholorophyll, mycelium, fruiting
body, substrate, filament, hyphae, phypha, thallus, exnzymes, spores,
primorida, basidia, gills,
Roiser BAA, BEd &
Kevin Chorowiec OCT, BAS, BEd