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Discovering the Forgotten Kingdom Protista
Protists, like algae and mold, are sometimes overlooked for classroom study, but they are astonishing in their diversity and importance.
Cells - Critical Thinking in Science
What are the structures in cells and what are their functions? Budding biologists discover the answers to these questions through an in-depth examination of cells and organelles. Using the 5E learning cycle, learners explore the types of organelles using an electron microscope, research, draw, and describe the function of each one, explain how different cell types make up different kingdoms, then design and execute an experiment to determine the effect of pH on algae.
Protists - The Protozoans
Five pages provide thorough coverage of three protozoans: euglena, amoebae, and paramecia. For each, junior biologists read factual text, label the organism, and write answers to several questions. This neatly organized assignment is five pages long and makes an ideal preparation for examining these protists in the laboratory.
In this classification learning exercise, students review the basics of taxonomy and Linnaeus' system of classification. This learning exercise has 4 fill in the blank and 16 multiple choice questions.
For this classification worksheet, learners review the Linnaeus' system of classification and compare the different kingdoms. This worksheet has 4 fill in the blank and 16 multiple choice questions.
Birth, Growth and... Reproduction!
Students research the Arctic Hare and chart relevant information under month headings. They compare the information about the Arctic hare to other Arctic mammals.
"Classifying Living Organisms"
Students analyze the classification of living organisms and name the five different kingdoms in classifying. They list the five kingdoms as Monera, Protista, Fungi, Plant and Animal. Students state why classification is important.
In this kingdom protista worksheet, middle schoolers conduct an experiment by placing a handful of grass in to a jar and filling the jar with pond water. Then they place the jar in a dark place for 3 days and observe the contents. Students also draw the protists they observe in the given space.
Exploring the Kingdom Protista
In this protozoan worksheet, students answer 26 short answer questions about the various aspects of the Protozoan Kingdom. They also fill in a chart about algae and determine if the type is single or multicellular.
Kingdom Protista Crossword
For this crossword puzzle worksheet, 7th graders read the definitions that relate to the protista kingdom and then complete the crossword puzzle.
The presentations put together by Dr. Marjorie Anne Wallace are always quite good. This one is no exception! In it, learners enter the world of bacteria and living systems. This PowerPoint is meant to be used while lecturing the whole class. One nice component is that as the presentation goes along, questions are posed for the whole class to consider. Very good for middle schoolers.
New! The Variety and Roles of Microbes
Mini microbiologists play a card game in which they group microorganisms by groups: virus, fungus, protist, or bacteria. Then they identify the roles different microbes play in the natural world and explore how humans effectively use certain microorganisms in food production and industry. This lesson is part of a unit on microbes, and is a fun addition to any middle school microbiology curriculum.
Cycles of Life in an Urban Habitat: Changes in Biodiversity
Second graders compare and contrast animate and inanimate objects. In this environmental science lesson, 2nd graders create simple food webs. They observe their environment and create a collage about it.
Present information about the classification of animals. After participating in the teacher-led discussion about scientific names, small groups devise their own way of classifying everyday objects present in the classroom, developing two-part names for several objects in the room. While the lesson cites standards for narrative writing, the closest the activity comes to these standards is in an extension activity. The focus is on learning about scientific names.
Mineral Cycling Through the Ecosystem
Students explain the role of different organisms in the food web. In this ecology instructional activity, students participate in a game to simulate mineral cycling through the web. They discuss the importance of recycling minerals and resources.
Introduction to Plant Classification
Here is a terrific, one-hour lesson on plant taxonomy. In it, learners discover the three bases that plants can be classified under. They view a slide show on plants and practice correctly classifying each plant shown. Then, they take a walk around the school and identify angiosperms and gymnosperms. A good worksheet is embedded in the plan which will help them with their identifications.
Classification Number Two
A three-page quiz assessing budding biologists' understanding of classification. Middle-level learners may need a little additional time on this, but should be able to handle the concepts with ease.
Inquiry into Infectious Disease: It's a Germy World After All
Students choose a question from a given list and develop an investigation about it. In this biology lesson, students analyze bacterial growth by carrying out a guided experiment. They present their findings in class.
Junior biologists journey through the hiearchy of living things with these activites. Using a dichotomous key, they identify common algae, plants, and fish. They design their own key for a mixture of seeds and a collection of miscellaneous objects. Black and white dichotomous keys are provided for the first few activities, but if you can provide colored versions, it would bring more life to the identification exercises. Also, with four keying and two designing lessons, it could be redundant. Maybe choose one of each.
Helpful Or Harmful?
Students study how microorganisms can be helpful and harmful. They listen to read alouds about germs and yeast and make bread to visualize how microorganisms can be helpful. They write science journal entries.