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Book 53: Moulds Are Fungi: Structure, Function, and Interrelationships

Levels: 3-4
Contextual strands: Living world icon. Living world , Material world icon. Material world


The study of moulds as members of the fungus kingdom has an immediacy for children because moulds grow quickly, have a wide variety of forms, and are common around the home and garden. They can be used successfully in classroom experiments and investigations. The changes they cause have a "yuck factor" fascination for many children.

Note: Fungi (plural; singular: fungus) make up a whole kingdom and include moulds, yeasts, and mushrooms. This book focuses specifically on moulds; yeasts are covered in Bread: The Chemistry of Breadmaking , Book 56 in this series.

Concept overview

Use the concept overview, which is also on the inside front cover of the book, as a reference for the concepts that relate to Moulds Are Fungi: Structure, Function, and Interrelationships.

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Links with other titles in the series

This book is aimed at levels 3–4 because many concepts associated with moulds require some awareness of microscopic structures and of life processes that cannot be directly observed. This book has strong links with the following books:

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