Prokaryotic Cells

Classification leads to studying Bacteria

Emphasis on Prokaryotic Cells

This unit will take start by figuring out living vs. nonliving. All living things are made up of one or more cells. Each cell can be classified into one of the six Kingdoms: Archaebacteria, Eubacteria, Protista, Fungi, Plantae, and Animalia. We will look at the general characteristics of cells in each kingdom. For instance in Kingdom Archaebacteria and Eubacteria cells are prokaryotic and do not have a nucleus. They do have ribosomes, DNA, a cell wall etc. This unit will have an emphasis on the Bacteria Kingdoms, Protista and Fungi. The next unit will go into more detail on the cells in Kingdoms Animalia and Plantae. We will also be learning how to use a Dichotomous Key before our MSI Fieldtrip!


  • Bacteria often get a bad name but they have some very helpful functions to the environment and for humans. We will be conducting a collaborative mini research project on a beneficial bacteria. We will be learning some new techniques in Google Slides. A template will be provided on Google Classroom.



  • Dichotomous Key (lots of practice and more practice at the MSI field trip): Emoji Dichotomous key, Insect, dinosaurs with QR explanation, Worms, Pine Tree (QR Code with instruction video), fish (simulation above) and bacteria (practice and a performance task).

  • Dichotomous Key information

  • In class Dichotomous Key Performance Task on Bacteria.

  • Protists Microviewer

  • Mushroom Dissection

Homework/ Flipped Classroom

Assignments that can be done without guidance.

Homework #1 Posted on GoogleClassroom. Should take 40 minutes.

  • Black Plague article and checking for understanding quiz (all done at home). You will be learning about the Black Plague in History as well as Science during the Genetics unit. But it also fits into this unit. Can you figure out why?


  • Various Mythbusters will prove or disprove many misconceptions we have about Bacteria.

Unit Test

The best way to study for this unit test is to look at the Classified Information Review found in the student's packet (or on Google Classroom if it is misplaced). This unit test will consist of 37 questions:

  • Levels of Classification and how animals are classified (10 questions)

  • Using a dichotomous key to identify an organism (2 questions)

  • General characteristics and examples of the different Kingdoms (10 questions)

  • Characteristics of Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes (3 questions)

  • Fungus (Mushroom) Structure Identification (5 questions)

  • There are also a few Latin roots pertaining to the classification terms from this unit (7 questions)


When we learn about Bacteria, we are learning about a Prokaryotic cells.

Prokaryote Diagram. Study the organelles of a prokaryote before the "pop-quiz." This set also has information from class discussions to be played with Quizlet Live.


MS-LS1-1. Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.

MS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.

MS-LS3-2. Develop and use a model to describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation. Only covering asexual reproduction in Bacteria.