Several years ago I wrote a science unit study about Kingdom Animalia for use with our co-op. This year I pulled it out and used it with Benedict for 3rd grade science and he really enjoyed it. For the next 15 weeks I will publish here a week by week lesson plan for this unit for anyone interested. Along with the lesson plan, I will include links to resources and materials you might need or find useful. In my experience, this unit study would be appropriate for 1st-4th grade. Depending on the grade level, the reading can be done aloud or assigned to the student. I own the books used throughout the study, but I bet you might find many of them at your local library or could substitute similar titles. Other materials you might use are a blank student sketch book, a binder to hold the lesson plans, a good animal encyclopedia (although Ben and I just ended up using Wikipedia), and an assortment of Safari Ltd. Toob animals. You may print the lesson plans by clicking on the print button at the bottom of the post.
Lesson 1: The Kingdoms of Life
Read the story of creation from the book of Genesis
Read Come Learn with Me: The Kingdoms of Life p. 6-11 and 18-19
Learn the six Kingdoms giving an example of each:
Animalia (i.e. lion)
Plantae (i.e. geranium)
Fungi (i.e. mushroom)
Protista (i.e. protozoa--while protista is no longer considered an official Kingdom, I list it here as it was historically a separate kingdom. You may include or discard as you see fit)
Archaea (i.e. halobacteria--archaea are among the ever changing and evolving kingdoms in the field of classification. As scientists continue to study and learn more about these organisms, definitions and classification will continue to change)
Eubacteria (i.e. staphylococcus aureus)
Kingdom Animalia's two major divisions:
Verterbrates (Phylum Chordata) : Amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish, mammals
Invertebrates (The other 18 Phyla) : Arthropods, echinoderms, mollusks, porifera, cnidaria, nematods, annelids, platyhelminthes, protozoa
(It is not important for students to learn the names of each kind of animal in each division, just that they are divided by whether they have a back bone or not. Each type of animal listed will be studied separately and students will gain plenty of exposure to each type)
Objectives: Student will learn to identify and list at least three of the six Kingdoms of Life and be able to give and example for each.