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Manual of Instructional Materials for Teachers and Naturalists Teaching About Fungi: Grades K-12​


The following files may be downloaded and copied for educational purposes only. They include teaching materials appropriate for Grades K-3, Grades 4-12 and adult education use in a classroom or lab setting. Additional material includes games, outdoor activities and extracurricular assignments. Particular attention should be given to two resources: The Fungus Files: An Educator’s Guide to Fungi K-6 (terraBrie Stewart, Second Edition); and How the Mushroom Got its Spots, An Explainers Guide to Fungi, (Sue Assinder and Gordon Rutter, members of the British Mycological Society Education Group). Both are available below in pdf format. Further reference material can be found in a new Lesson Plan. The lessons may be enhanced with samples of fresh or dried fungi, books, posters, hand lenses, and drawing materials.


Classroom Teaching Materials, Grades K-12

Further Teaching Activities

Recommended Books for Teachers

  • Assinder, Sue; Rutter, Gordon, How the Mushroom Got its Spots: An Explainers’ Guide to Fungi. British Mycological Society Education Group, Royal Botanic gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AE UK and The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Polaris House,Swindon, Wiltshire, SN2 1UH UK, 2002
  • Kendrick, Bryce, A Young Person’s Guide to the Fungi. Mycologue Publications, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 1986
  • Arora, David. Mushrooms Demystified. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA, 1986
  • Lincoff, Gary. The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York, 1981
  • Watling, Roy. Fungi. Smithsonian Institution Press, 2003
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