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Chapter 14: Eukaryotes: Protists and Fungi

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Eukaryotes: Protists and Fungi


Lesson 14.1: Introduction to Protists

14.1.1 Kingdom Protista

14.1.2 Evolution of Protists

  • The First Eukaryotic Cells
  • Evidence for the Endosymbiotic Theory

14.1.3 Characteristics of Protists

  • Protist Habitats
  • Motility of Protists
  • Protist Reproduction
  • Protist Nutrition

Lesson 14.2: Types of Protists

14.2.1 Animal-Like Protists: Protozoa

  • Ecology of Protozoa
  • Classification of Protozoa

14.2.2 Plant-Like Protists: Algae

  • Ecology of Algae
  • Classification of Algae
  • Reproduction of Algae
  • KQED: Algae Power

14.2.3 Fungus-Like Protists: Molds

  • Slime Molds
  • Water Molds

Lesson 14.3: Introduction to Fungi

14.3.1 What Are Fungi?

14.3.2 Habitats of Fungi

14.3.3 Structure of Fungi

14.3.4 Reproduction of Fungi

  • Asexual Reproduction
  • Sexual Reproduction

14.3.5 Evolution of Fungi

14.3.6 Classification of Fungi

  • The Kingdom Fungi
  • Fungal Phyla

Lesson 14.4: Ecology of Fungi

14.4.1 Fungi as Decomposers

14.4.2 Symbiotic Relationships of Fungi

  • Fungi as Parasites
  • Mutualism in Fungi

14.4.3 Human Uses of Fungi

  • Fungi for Food
  • Fungi for Pest Control
  • Other Uses of Fungi

Lesson 14.5: Protists, Fungi, and Human Disease

14.5.1 Protists and Human Disease

  • Trypanosoma Protozoa
  • Giardia Protozoa
  • Plasmodium Protozoa

14.5.2 Fungi and Human Disease

  • Fungal Poisoning
  • Fungal Parasites
  • Fungal Allergies

Pacing the Lessons

Use the Class Periods per Lesson table below as a guide for the time required to teach the lessons of this chapter.

Lesson Number of Class Periods
14.1 Introduction to Protists 1.0
14.2 Types of Protists 1.5
14.3 Introduction to Fungi 1.0
14.4 Ecology of Fungi 1.0
14.5 Protists, Fungi, and Human Disease 1.0
  • Class periods are assumed to be 60 minutes long.

Online Resources

See the following Web sites for appropriate laboratory activities:

1. Students will use a microscope to observe slides of various protists and sketch their observations. (Lesson 14.2)

2. In this lab, students can explore mutualistic relationships between protozoans and other organisms. (Lesson 14.2)

3. For a mushroom dissection lab, see the URL below. (Lesson 14.3, Lesson 14.4)

These Web sites may also be helpful:

1. For more information on protists, visit these URLs.

2. You can find many protist images at the URL below.

3. You and your students can learn more about phytoplankton at this Web site

4. This Web site offers a great deal of information about amoebae.

5. These URLs are all good sources of information and activities on fungi.

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