Fun ways to teach "six kingdoms"

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Fun ways to teach "six kingdoms"
An elephant is in the kingdom "Animalia." (Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

All living things can be placed into one of six kingdoms: Archaebacteria, Protista, Eubacteria, Plantae, Fungi, and Animalia. Classification of something is based on similar characteristics of the organisms. These characteristics can include how the organism reproduces, what type of metabolism it has, or its cell type. Fungi, for example, include mushrooms and use oxygen for metabolism.

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Re-name the Six Kingdoms

Give student the opportunity to create their own names for the Six Kingdoms. Ask students what they know about the Six Kingdoms. Review images of things in each of the kingdoms. Divide students into work groups where they choose new names of the kingdoms and then make a presentation about their choices and what types of things fall into the kingdoms. Close with a worksheet or test on the Six Kingdoms.

Crown of the Six Kingdoms

Have students create a "Six Kingdom Crown" where the points of the crown are each of the Six Kingdoms. After reviewing the Six Kingdom's characteristics, break students into groups to create their crown. The crown must have six points on it, with each one labelled with one of the Six Kingdoms. Using old magazines, students can cut out pictures for each kingdom and tape, paste or hang them on the appropriate point on the crown. They can also write characteristics of each kingdom near the appropriate point. Each group can have a student model their crown for the rest of the class.

Become a Multimedia Taxonomist

Taxonomist's classify things and multimedia allows students a lot of freedom. Working in groups, task students with creating a presentation on the Six Kingdoms. They can use video, a slide presentation, drawings, clay, or poster board displays to present their findings. All Six Kingdoms should be covered and students should cite at least three sources from the Internet, textbooks, reference or library books. Each presentation should include at least five characteristics of each kingdom as well as five examples of things that belong in that kingdom. When done, groups present their findings to the class and answer questions.

Perform a Skit

Review the characteristics and examples of the Six Kingdoms. Break the students into groups and have them perform a skit about the kingdoms. Students should provide enough information so that students unfamiliar with the Six Kingdoms can fully understand what they are. Coordinate with fellow teachers to the skits presented for other classrooms. After the skit, provide the class with a worksheet or quiz to test their knowledge. The result of the quiz will reflect the factual quality of the skit and its presentation.

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