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Protists, like algae and mold, are sometimes overlooked for classroom study, but they are astonishing in their diversity and importance.
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.
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.
In this classification worksheet, students review the Linnaeus' system of classification and compare the different kingdoms. This worksheet has 4 fill in the blank and 16 multiple choice questions.
Pupils research the Arctic Hare and chart relevant information under month headings. They compare the information about the Arctic hare to other Arctic mammals.
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, students 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.
In this protozoan worksheet, high schoolers 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.
In this crossword puzzle worksheet, 7th graders read the definitions that relate to the protista kingdom and then complete the crossword puzzle.
Sometimes equilibrium is a difficult concept for a beginning chemist to grasp. Here is a demonstration that helps them to visualize what is happening at a molecular level. Using two aquariums and different sizes of beakers to transfer water back and forth between them, observers can see when equilibrium is reached. This is a clever approach to helping your class understand dynamic equilibrium. Check it out!
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.
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.
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.
Youngsters create a list of grocery store items and then work together to categorize them as if they were setting up the shelves of the market. Then they are given a box of miscellaneous objects to practice categorizing. With these two experiences under their belts, you can then introduce them to the biological classification system and the use of a dichotomous key for identifying unknown organisms. The activity is specific to Kentucky wildlife, but can easily be adapted no matter where you live.
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.
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.
Students explain the role of different organisms in the food web. In this ecology lesson, students participate in a game to simulate mineral cycling through the web. They discuss the importance of recycling minerals and resources.
High schoolers choose a question from a given list and develop an investigation about it. In this biology lesson plan, 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.