The Six Kingdoms: Kingdom Match Game

By — John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Updated on Dec 14, 2010

The broadest group in the classification system of living things is the kingdom. Scientists have placed all living things into one of these six kingdoms: Eubacteria, Archaebacteria, Protista, Fungi, Animalia, or Plantae. In this activity you will use what you have learned through your study of living things to sort organisms or characteristics of organisms into the proper kingdoms.


Sheet of legal-sized paper

Sticky notes




  1. Turn the legal-sized paper so the long side is horizontal to you. Use the ruler and pencil to divide the paper into six columns. Write the name of a different kingdom at the top of each column.
  2. Write the following words or phrases on separate sticky notes:
        has no nucleus [write this on two notes]
        E. coli
        all have cell walls and chloroplasts
        most, but not all, are unicellular
        all are multicellular heterotrophs
        likes extreme environments
        cell wall of chitin
        first organisms on Earth
  3. Place each of these notes in the correct Kingdom column. Look up any unfamiliar terms or phrases.
  4. Write your own terms on six more blank notes and then place these notes in the correct columns.

Follow-Up Questions

  1. Briefly describe the characteristics of all plants.
  2. In what kingdoms can you find unicellular organisms?


In the main activity, the characteristics should be organized as follows:

      Animalia:   humans, tick, all are multicelled heterotrophs
      Plantae:   all have cell walls and chloroplasts, fern
      Fungi:   mildew, cell wall of chitin, mushroom
      Protista:   algae; Euglena; most, but not all, are unicellular
      Eubacteria:   E. coli, has no nucleus
      Archaebacteria:   first organisms on Earth, likes extreme environments, has no nucleus
  1. Answers will vary, but students should indicate that plants are all multicellular organisms that possess chloroplast. They may also say that plants are autotrophs (using photosynthesis).
  2. Eubacteria, Archaebacteria, Protista, and Fungi.


Use the titles in the columns and information on the notes to make a concept map. You can add more terms if you need to.

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