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Bacteria Wanted Poster Research Project

by: Joyce Calo

Name__________________________________ Hour ________

Background Information:
Students will research one bacterial pathogen and produce a "Wanted Poster."

Student Requirements:
Students select a pathogen from the list below. They will then produce a wanted poster
with the given parameters (listed below). Your target audience is other high school


pathogen Commonly known as….

Bacillus anthracis anthrax
Bordetella pertussis whooping cough
Clostridium botulinum botulism
Clostridium perfringens gas gangrene
Clostridium tetani tetanus
Corynebacterium diphtheria diphtheria
Escherichia coli acute pyelonephritis
Francisella tularensis tularemia or rabbit fever
Hemophilus influenzae meningitis
Lactobacillus acidophilus cavities
Mycobacterium leprae leprosy (Hansen's disease)
Mycobacterium tuberculosis tuberculosis
Neisseria gonorrhoeae gonorrhoea
Neisseria meningitidis spinal menigitis
Rickettsia richettsii Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Rickettsia prowazekii typhus
Salmonella typhi typhoid fever
Salmonella typhimurium food poisoning
Shigella dysenteriae dysentery
Streptococcus mutans cavities
Streptococcus pneumoniae pneumonia
Streptococcus (group A) scarlet fever
Streptococcus (group A) rheumatic fever
Treponema pallidum syphilis
Treponema pertenue yaws
Vibrio cholerae cholera
Yersinia pestis plague
Project Description/Abstract:
Make a wanted poster for one of the Eubacteria listed above. Poster is to be on
construction or poster board paper. Include:

1. _____ hand drawn picture of the bacteria (electron micrograph or microscopic

2. _____ description of the bacteria (size, shape, etc.)
3. _____ organism's M.O. (police jargon) (How the organism attacks and spreads)
4. _____ most common victims to prey upon
5. how long the victim is held hostage (length of illness)
6. _____ hide out of the culprit (where it is most likely to be found)
7. _____ most common injury done to victim (signs and symptoms)
8. _____ Is it considered armed and dangerous? (fatal or not)
9. _____ number of victims
10. _____ most effective weapons against the germ (antibiotics, cures, etc.)
11. protection (prevention methods)
12. _____ any other identifying characteristics (example: some criminals have

modified from:

Excellent Average Not Your Best Missing

Picture of the Hand drawn, Looks like every Looks like blob, no
bacteria shows lots of other bacteria out detail. No color,
details, color, there. No details. probably done in
attractive, One color blue pen.
catches the
attention of
someone walking
by the poster.
Description of Written Written description Written description
bacteria with description is is somewhat is missing many
other helpful in helpful in details. Not much
identifying “picturing” what “picturing” what help in “seeing”
the bacteria may the bacteria may what the bacteria
characteristics look like. look like. may look like.
How the Reader can fully Reader can Reader is left
organism understands how somewhat unclear about how
the organism understand how the organism
attacks and attacks it’s victim the organism attacks it’s victim
spreads and spreads attacks it’s victim and spreads
and spreads
most common Reader can fully Reader can Reader is confused
injury done to understand the somewhat about possible
possible injuries understand the injuries
victim and possible injuries.
amount of Details are missing
most effective Reader feels a bit Reader not sure if
weapons safer knowing there are possible
there are cures
against the possible cures. If
germ there is NO cure
then the fact is
Bibliography Used EZbib and Has only 1 or 2 Sources written on
included has at least 3 sources. scrap paper. Have
sources listed. sources such as
Easy to read and “Google” or
to verify source “Yahoo”
of information.
Science words Artist used Artist used Artist used
scientific words scientific words scientific words
and knows what and is not sure and has NO CLUE
they mean. what they mean.. what they mean.
Unable to describe Used hoping to
in their own words impress the
Dead or Alive

Cash ReWard