Resources for Educators: The Secret World Inside You

Part of the The Secret World Inside You exhibition.

Collage with four colorful renderings of different types of bacteria of varying shapes beside a human figure icon filled with capsule shapes.
Your body is teeming with trillions of bacteria, viruses, and other microbes — and that's a good thing! This amazing universe makes up the human microbiome. 

Educator's Guide

Science & Literacy Activities

These activities, which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts, introduce students to scientific knowledge and language related to life science. Students will read content-rich texts, visit The Secret World Inside You exhibition, and use what they have learned to complete a CCSS-aligned writing task. Please note: The activities below are aligned for science and literacy standards in the grade levels indicated. For other grades, choose the level closest to your students’ needs and make the appropriate adjustments.

Grade 3

Grades 4-5

Body Buddies: The Microbes that Live In and On US

Grades 6-8

Human Microbiome: Your Body Is an Ecosystem

Grades 9-12

Human Microbiome: The Role of Microbes in Human Health

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