Diversity of Life Project
In this project, students will investigate the diversity of life by becoming an expert on the domain Archaea, the domain Bacteria, or one of the four Eukarya kingdoms: Protista, Fungi, Plantae, or Animalia. They will work as a group to research their domain or kingdom and create an interactive presentation to teach their peers about the topic in an engaging and visual way. They will investigate their domain or kingdom with specific regard to how different organisms in their assigned domain/kingdom differ from humans, while still carrying out the same functions of life as we do. This is a great way to broaden your students’ horizons and give them a greater appreciation for the diversity of life on Earth.
How can I use this?
- In an ecology unit as a student-led extension project after teaching on classification and taxonomy
- In an evolution unit to show both the connectedness and diversity of all life that has evolved from a common ancestor
- As an opportunity in any unit to expand your students' appreciation and understanding for the diversity of life
Why should I use this product in my classroom?
I love any time I can hand the reins over to students and allow them to take the lead in the classroom. This project does just that - it allows students to work independently from the teacher to become the experts themselves. It is an excellent opportunity for them to practice skills related to teamwork, creativity, and public speaking, as they will be responsible for teaching their topic to their peers. I also love any opportunity to get my students seeing how much bigger the world is than they often think of it, since they so easily can get caught up in the drama of their own worlds. The diversity of our world is FASCINATING and I want all of my students to see and appreciate that!
What is included?
- 2 pages of teacher implementation notes (PDF)
- 4 pages of student handouts (PDF) including a product description, rubric, checklist, and peer evaluation sheet
What materials will I need to have in my classroom to set this up?
- Access to technology and internet for students to conduct research
- (Optional) Materials for students to use to assist in the creation of the visual component of their presentations
- Alternatively, you can have students bring in their own materials OR do their entire visual digitally!
How much prior knowledge is needed for students to be successful completing this?
- Characteristics of life
- Basic understanding of cells, including the difference between plant and animal cells as well as cell differentiation and organization would be helpful
How much class time will this take?
This project takes 1 week or five 50-minute class periods.
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