Amoeba Facts: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:04 What Are Amoebas?
  • 0:49 Do Amoebas Move?
  • 1:14 Do Amoebas Eat?
  • 1:39 Making New Amoebas
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Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Amoeba are simple animals that are made up of one cell. This lesson teaches you about amoebas, how they move, where they are found, how they eat, and some other cool facts about these tiny organisms.

What Are Amoebas?

Imagine you are so small that the only way someone can see you is with a microscope. You are floating around in a pond and see some very strange creatures that are just about your tiny size, but look like blobs. They seem to be made out of a glob of your favorite jam, and you wonder if these are beings from another planet. But don't worry, you aren't looking at aliens from outer space. You are looking at amoebas!

Amoebas are small, one-celled animals that can only be seen under a microscope. They don't have a fixed body shape the way you do. Amoebas live all over the world in freshwater ponds, streams, and lakes; salty ocean water; the dirt you walk on; and even in animals.

There are many different kinds of amoebas, though it's hard to tell one kind from another. They all have traits in common, though.

Do Amoebas Move?

Amoebas can move, but they won't be winning any races. They don't walk or run like you do, because they don't have legs or feet. Instead, they have a pseudopod, which means 'false foot,' that they use like a foot.

Amoeba's one-celled bodies are full of a fluid called cytoplasm, which looks like gooey jam. They squirt that cytoplasm into their pseudopod, pushing it forward. Then they haul their body along behind, moving them where they want to go.

Do Amoebas Eat?

You probably don't eat with your feet, but amoebas use their pseudopod to do just that. Amoebas don't have mouths, tongues, or taste buds, so they can't enjoy a tasty snack the way you do. But they still need food to live, which is where their pseudopod comes in handy.

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