During this tutorial, students will click their way through animations, review questions, and various diagrams to understand the basic information about Kingdom Protista. Throughout the tutorial, students will learn about Protozoans (animal-like), Algae (plant-like), and the Slime/Water molds (fungus-like) and their similarities with other kingdoms of life.
Students will begin with an introduction about microscopic life and the features associated with Kingdom Protista. They will progress their way through the various categories of Protista (see above) where they will be asked a series of questions along the way to check for understanding. At the end, there is a review quiz for the students to complete.
From the student point of view, this sure beats a 30-45 minute lecture as it is much more engaging. From the teacher point of view, this sure beats a 30-45 minute lecture as it allows the students to be engaged and work at their own pace. This is not a simple PowerPoint presentation where students are shown bullet point main ideas. This PowerPoint is full of creative animations, visual graphics, and probing questions that require a student answer in order to proceed.
I use these interactive tutorials as a way to introduce or reinforce the topic in question. I have found these tutorials to be very helpful as they allow the students to work at their own pace, go back to an early topic, or move forward. This tutorial was created with Microsoft PowerPoint so you don't have to worry about installing unfamiliar software such as Flash and Macromedia. If you do not have PowerPoint, Microsoft has a program called "PowerPoint viewer" that allows you to view a PowerPoint for free. You can download this program from Microsoft's website.
Once you download the $6 version, feel free to make multiple copies to use with your students. I burned a class set of CDs to use in my classroom. When we go to the computer lab to work on this tutorial, I simply pass out 1 CD to each student and they can then work at their own pace. I recollect the CDs when finished.
This download includes a total of 5 files:
1) The interactive PowerPoint tutorial (PowerPoint format)
2) Student worksheet (Word format)
3) Student worksheet (pdf format)
4) Answer key (Word format)
5) Answer key (PDF format)
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