Study Jams! The Kingdoms of Life

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Life science learners discuss the characteristics of five kingdoms of life: animals, plants, fungi, protists, and bacteria in this video. Viewers find out from the dialogue that scientists group organisms according to similarities. This is a concise overview of classification that can be used as an introduction for upper-elementary classes. Follow it with a classification activity such as sorting beans by like characteristics.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Describes characteristics for five kingdoms of life
  • Colorful animation and graphics engage audience
  • A seven-question multiple choice quiz is provided
  • Key vocabulary can be clicked on to review characteristics
Cons

  • More current classification scheme separates bacteria into eubacteria and archaebacteria; you will want to explain this if using the resource with middle schoolers
  • Vocabulary definitions are somewhat vague; have your class look up definitions in their textbook glossaries or a scientific dictionary
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