Animal, Plant, or Fungus?

None of the above!  Sixth graders just finished presenting their protist projects in science class.  Students had to make a model of a plant-like protist, an animal-like protist, and a funguslike protist.  They had to choose a protist from each category that they were interested in, research the protist, and then figure out how to model each one within the confines of a 6x8 inch piece of cardboard with their partner.

So what is a protist?  Scientists have an “odds” and “ends” kingdom when classifying these diverse organisms.

Protists are extremely different from each other and cannot be classified as animal, plant, or fungus.  Some protists are unicellular, while others are multicellular.  Common examples are algae, diatoms, amoebas, paramecia, and slime molds.   

Skila Frasier and Arianna George show their slime mold, foraminifera, and diatom.

Michaela Wilson holds her euglenoid, paramecium, and yellow slime mold.

Olivia Chromczak and Madissin Brownell show their creations.

Jade Dygert and Kendra Zeidner’s chocolate tube slime mold.

Trace Keba and Savannah Haye’s water world of protists.

Jordan Simzer and Sydney Sova.