Observing Protists

My students have been researching protists and all the charactertistics that taxonomists use to classify them into the protist kingdom. These eukaryotic organisms are diverse and mostly unicellular. Students use a graphic organizer to visually see the three types; animal-like, plant-like, and fungus-like. The children observe four types of living protists; amoebas, paramecium, volvox, and euglena. Using a pipette, the students prepare slides of the protists and observe them using the microscope. Movement, speed, color, organelles, and response to stimuli are noted by the class. Lab entries are completed for their science notebook.


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