Get a mushroom from the grocery store so you can observe the different parts of the fruiting body. First examine how the outside looks, then slice the mushroom down the middle. Does the inside look like you expected it to? Why do you think mushrooms and other fungi have so many spores?

If you'd like to see the amazing variety of mushroom species, visit www.mykoweb.com for pictures.

These activities are just a taste of the exploration you can do in this one kingdom, fungi. If you have more questions about mushrooms, mold, or yeast, do some research and then design experiments to help you answer them!

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Amanda Schaner is a homeschool graduate who got her BA in English and now enjoys working for her family's business, Home Science Tools (see them online at www.homesciencetools.com). Working there has given her a much greater appreciation of God's wonders shown through creation! She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family in Billings, Montana.

This article was originally published in the Jan/Feb '06 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. For more information, and to request a free sample issue, visit http://HomeSchoolEnrichment.com