A Focus on Animalia

What is your favourite protist?
Although you might have a favourite protist, we thought we would look at favourite animals. We understand that the earth is home to a great diversity of living things. We did an activity on how scientists have classified living things into five categories or kingdoms.

Protista - Phacodinium

Organisms are placed into groups according to the characteristics they have in common with other organisms. For example,  protists are single-celled organisms like  monera, but the protist’s cell is more ”organized” with a nucleus.

Living organisms are classified from the simplest, monera, to the most complex, animalia. (Monera, Protista, Fungi, Plantae, Animalia) Living organisms can be single-celled or multi-cellular.

Something more powerful than the “naked eye” is needed to view amoebas, diatoms and other protists. Maybe there is a future scientist within this class who will be using  microscopes to view some of the earth’s diverse and microscopic organisms. We decided we would focus on a kingdom more familiar to us as we often don’t cosy up to bacteria – monera (actually, they get pretty cosy with us!) or amoebas – protista.

Animalia also has microscopic organisms, but we decided we would focus on animals that are really real to us either in our homes or ones we have gotten to know from travels, books or nature programs. Take a look at animals at National Geographic Animals and tell each other which animal is your favourite and why. If you have a favourite protist, let us know that too!

A Frog has Landed

A Frog has Landed

One of my favourite animals is the tree frog although this one in my garden looks like a “rose frog.”

Anyone is welcome to share a favourite animal or two with us.

Protista Image: Phacodinium Metchnikoffi y la Herradura de la Suerte by Proyecto Aqua **/**Water Project (Flickrcc)