Kingdoms of Life hunt

Students hunt for living things from all the kingdoms of life, and make a collection with a sample from each kingdom.
Science content
Biology: Classification of Living Things, Biodiversity (1, 3)
Biology: Food Webs, Ecosystems, Biomes (3, 4)
Lessons activity is in
  • small paint trays, ice cube trays, or other collecting dishes with compartments
  • droppers (to move small amounts of water and pick up small aquatic living things
  • fine net to catch small aquatic living things

Students are taken to an outside location with a variety of ecosystems e.g. small pond, rotting wood area (see image of rotting wood with animals and fungi on it).
Lay out nets, droppers, and collecting buckets in a central area.
Review the kingdoms of life and the living things that are in each.
Give each student a tray with compartments. Ask them to find examples of each kingdom and put them in each well of the tray.

Examples that they might find:
Animals - pond organisms, insects, worms, wood bugs, snails.
Plants - any leaf, moss, pond plants such as duck weed.
Fungi - white filaments on rotting log, mushrooms. Fungi have a distinctive smell.
Protists - pond algae, pond single celled organisms recovered with algae e.g. Paramecium.
Monera - bacteria in dirt, anywhere (but invisible to the naked eye).

The tray in the image contains:
Daphnia from the pond (animal)
Clover leaf (plant)
Rotting wood (contains fungi)
Pond algae (protist)
Soil (monera)

Grades taught
Gr 6
Teaching site
Gordon Elementary