Kingdom Activity: A Brief Examination of the Diversity of Life on Earth

1. Examine the following microscope slides.

    a. Draw what you see accurately use fine pencil lines, then use colored pencils and

    b.  determine the size of individual cells in micrometers (see Measuring Cells Activity for instructions, done earlier this month) and

    c.  identify which kingdom each belong to:

a. Archaebacteria

b. eubacteria (E. coli or S. aureus or B. anthracis) and cyanobacteria (gleocapsa, merismopedia, oscillatoria, or nostoc)

c. Amoeba proteus or Euglena

d. yeast (live on the front desk, make a wet mount)

e. planarian or hydra or amphixous

f.  alfafla leaf or zea (corn) leaf

2. Answer the following questions in your journal using your textbook as a resource:

a. Describe the system for naming organisms developed by Linnaeus. Give an example of this naming systems.

b. Why do scientists avoid using common names (e.g. cat) when naming organisms.

c. What are the six kingdoms of life? Draw a simple diagram showing the relationship between the kingdoms.

d. What are the three domains of life?

e. Why is kingdom Monera now split into two separate kingdoms?

f. Why is kingdom Protista a "junkdrawer"?

g. Which kingdoms are characterized by prokaryotes? by eukaryotes?

If you are absent: Here are some links to see the organisms: (Cyanobacteria) (Archaebacteria in a hot spring)

More Archea

Bacteria (Three Types)  Bacteria (Coccus) Bacteria (Bacillus) Bacteria (Spirillum)

 Amoeba (Living) Amoeba eating a paramecium Amoeba (Stained) Paramecium (Living) movies   Paramecium   Paramecium (stained) Euglena Euglena Diagram  Elodea  Elodea (microscope) Cheek Cell

Yeast   Corn Leaf Alfalfa or Ligustrum/Dicot Leaf  Lots of example protista F11-monocell.htm

Protista Pictures:

Bacteria Pictures:

Archaebacteria pictures

Picture of Virus and Prions