Student Exploration: The Six Kingdoms of Life

There’s nothing better than a lesson in which your students are placed in the driver’s seat.  And that’s exactly the approach I took in my Kingdoms unit this year.

Let me introduce you to The Six Kingdoms of Life Research Book Project.

Kingdoms of Life Project

In this project, students research specific examples of organisms in each of the Six Kingdoms of Life: Archaebacteria, Eubacteria, Protista, Fungi, Plantae, and Animalia.

Let’s start with Archaebacteria where they dive into learning more about methanogens, halophiles, and thermoacidophiles.  For each of these examples, they will sift through information to find the habitat, method of obtaining energy, type of reproduction, method of movement, and whether or not it is unicellular or multicellular.  Lastly, they must sketch a picture of one of these examples.

Students repeat the above steps for each of the remaining kingdoms for specific examples in each kingdom.  By the end of the activity, students have a comprehensive book that includes snapshots of important types of organisms in the six kingdoms of life.

I love seeing my students unleash their creativity and fine tune their research skills during this activity.

What do you think?

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