Protist Lab

by Liz LaRosa


  1. Slide preparation Instructions
  2. Add 1 drop of Protoslow (for Paramecium and Euglena ONLY) to the center of a clean slide.
  3. For Paramecium ONLY: Add one drop of yeast cells after your first observation. Record observations
  4. Add 1 drop of protist culture medium and mix with toothpick.
  5. Start at low power, focus, then go to high power. Record observations.
  6. I must check your work
Data: (leave room in notebook for each drawing!)
Figure 1: Paramecium High Power 


Figure 2: Paramecium feeding on yeast cells
Figure 3: Amoeba High Power 



Figure 4: Euglena High Power 


Figure 5: Volvox High Power 



   (I must check your drawings!)

Table 1: Observations of Protists (leave room for info!)

  Species Method of Locomotion (cilia, flagella, pseudopods, non-motile)   Description Autotroph and/or Heterotroph Checked By teacher
Paramecium caudatum     (Describe feeding on yeast cells)  
Amoeba proteus        


  1. Describe the different methods of locomotion you observed.
  2. What protist was your favorite? Explain.
  3. Why did we add protoslow to the paramecium and the euglena?
  4. What is a pseudopod?
  5. Describe how the amoeba uses it pseudopods.
  6. How did the paramecium ingest the yeast cells?
  7. In what structure were the yeast cells digested?
  8. What kingdom do yeast belong to?
  9. What kingdom do volvox belong to?
Conclusion: 2-3 sentences on what you learned!