This resource guide from the Middle School Portal 2 project, written specifically for teachers, provides links to exemplary resources including background information, lessons, career information, and related national science education standards. Germ theory represents the culmination of the work of several individuals across time. Resources provided here will facilitate understanding of the early scientific community's concept of disease; the thinking that led to hypotheses relating germs to disease; the various observations and experiments that yielded information allowing for theorizing; the scientific community's reaction to and acceptance of the early investigators' findings; and the impacts of the theory on humanity.


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