Lesson details




Protists, fungi, and plants, survive and reproduce


The Protist Kingdom The Fungi Kingdom

Recommended Technology: 
  • Either a computer with internet connected to a smartboard for teacher guided or a Chromebook/laptop/tablet for 1:1

For extension of lesson:

  • A device with camera capability such as a phone, iPod, or iPad that can be turned into a microscope
  • A computer/laptop on which to download pictures and a place to share them.
Other instructional materials or notes: 
  • Sticky Notes (3 different colors)
  • Chart paper or legal size paper for KWL chart
  • Lab sheets for students 
  • Card Sort (Map and pieces)
  • The Fungus Files Reading Material p.2-5 (numbered 8-11) for students
  • Scissors
  • Ziploc Bags for Storage of cards
  • Disciplinary Literacy instructor sheets
    • KWL
    • Card Sort
    • Bounce Card
    • Exit Tickets
    • Highlighting
    • Matchbook Definitions
    • Anticipation Guide



Microscopic Life

Multiple days
Lesson type: 
Traditional Lesson
Lesson overview: 

Students will investigate structures of protists and fungi by a) creating a KWL chart of the different types of protists b) observing videos and completing an online investigation and drawing conclusions about these different microscopic organisms – how the specialized structures of each microorganism allow for movement and obtaining energy. c)They will construct 2-D how models of each protist and explain how each moves and obtains energy using specialized structures. c)Students will analyze informational text to argue whether a sample fungus is parasitic, symbiotic or saphrophytic. d)Students will learn how to use compound and dissecting microscopes as part of the Learning Why-Hobby Shop Simulation.

Essential Question: 

How do the structures of protists allow them to move and obtain energy?

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