The Six Kingdoms: Kingdom Match Game
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
- 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.
- 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
- Place each of these notes in the correct Kingdom column. Look up any unfamiliar terms or phrases.
- Write your own terms on six more blank notes and then place these notes in the correct columns.
- Briefly describe the characteristics of all plants.
- 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
- 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).
- 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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