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What You Don't Know Could Hurt You!

Imagine that you are on a field trip with your class. The goal of the field trip is to observe nature and the living things around you. What would you see?

You may observe flowers, trees, birds, bees, and perhaps a bear chasing your friend up a tree. Usually, when you think about living things, you think of plants and animals like these. There are many living things not classified as either plants or animals, however. What about the mushrooms or toadstools on the ground? What about the green, fuzzy stuff growing on an old sandwich? If you see these organisms, you are observing fungi. What about living things like bacteria floating through the air, or other microorganisms in the water, like the protist Giardia? Giardia causes unpleasant intestinal problems in humans. If you drink the water, Giardia could get in your body and make you miserable.

Below are pictures that include members of the plant and animal kingdoms. There are also pictures of members of the protist, fungi and bacteria kingdoms. Drag your mouse over only those pictures which DO NOT belong to either the plant or animal kingdom.

Remember that things which are neither plant nor animal can be found in many areas of the world. Those which can make you sick are usually much too small to be seen. Be careful and you will help keep yourself healthy and alive!

Review science safety rules here.

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Want to share photos of you or your friends doing this activity? Send it in an e-mail with the following information:

  1. The title of the activity
  2. The URL (Internet address)
  3. Your name.

Remember that no pictures can be used that show student faces or student names on it. 

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Updated October 24, 2008 by: Glen Westbroek

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