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Exploring the Kingdoms of Life

Exploring the Kingdoms of Life | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Have you ever wondered what's inside a drop of water? You'll be amazed to find out that there are five kingdoms of life living in a single drop! In this science project, you'll use a microscope to observe and identify the different kingdoms of life in a water sample.


The hypothesis is that there are five kingdoms of life living in a single drop of water.

Method & Materials

You will collect water from a pond or lake, then bring it to your microscope for observation. You will make a wet mount, which is a slide containing your sample in a solution, to observe living organisms.
You will need a bucket or 2-3 glass jars with screw tops, a compound light microscope, glass microscope slides, cover slips for slides, an eyedropper, paper and pencil, and a wagon or cart (if needed to assist you in transporting the bucket or jars of water).


After observing the water sample, you will be able to identify several kingdoms of life. You may see animals, bacteria, protists, and plants. You may also find single-celled algae with flagella in the plant kingdom.

Why do this project?

This science project is so interesting and unique because it allows students to explore the five kingdoms of life in a single drop of water. It also teaches students how to use a microscope to observe living organisms.

Also Consider

Variations of this experiment include collecting water samples from different sources, such as a river or ocean, and observing the different kingdoms of life in those samples. Another variation is to observe the kingdoms of life in a drop of saliva or a drop of blood.

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