MadNews Edisi 10/IX/2017-2018 - Indonesia is one of the world's richest nations in terms of its biodiversity, including the variety of animals. This week, the 12th graders learnt about Kingdom Animalia. They observed the main characteristics of Animalia, and they did morphological and anatomical investigation of this kingdom. They also did some exploration about biodiversity of Animalia by classifying the organism based on the similarities and differences. Animals are eukaryotic, multicellular, and motile. Over 66 thousand vertebrate and over 1.3 million invertebrate species exist currently.
Learning media are needed to provide the lesson, so the students will have full comprehension on it. Especially in this week, the teacher used resin educational specimen and Animalia card games for their activities. Resin educational specimen is the type of learning media using biological specimen as a sculpture, which is the dead organism put inside the resin mixed by catalyst. This media is a representative to show three dimensional shape of the real organism. The students also explored more about the real animals that they cannot find in daily life. The card games were used to distinguish the taxon level of the organism. Playing cards can help both adults and children improve their fine and gross motor skills (Scolastic, 2014). Card games also can encourage hand-eye coordination, help stimulate memory skill, and exercise our mind (Touch Neurology, 2011). (Ditha Rahmalia)