Your packet includes 5 days' worth of information regarding the characteristics of life, needs of living things, and levels of organization within organisms. PowerPoint slides, corresponding worksheets for notes, review sheets, a lab, manipulative cards cards, and a set of task cards are included in this download.
**This product is included in the following larger unit: “Characteristics of Life and Introduction to Cells Comprehensive Packet.” It also includes the following separately sold products: “1-Day Levels of Organization Lesson,” “2-Day Needs of Living Things Lesson,” & “1-Day Characteristics of Living Things Lesson.” Please double-check your purchases to ensure that you don't buy the same lesson twice. Thanks!**
Below is the suggested timeline for your curriculum:
Day 1 – Characteristics of Life
22 slide PowerPoint
1 page corresponding notes worksheet
2 page manipulative sort
1 page mini-lab
Day 2 – Needs of Living Things
12 slide PowerPoint
1 page corresponding notes worksheet
2 page Start Space Station Project for advanced class
2 page Start Space Station Project
1 page Water in Things Lab
Day 3 –Lab Results, Finish Station Project
7 slide PowerPoint (includes lab procedure)
Day 4 – Levels of Classification
14 slide PowerPoint
2 page corresponding notes worksheet
3 page Levels of Organization Manipulative Cards
Day 5 - Review
16 page Review Task Cards with answer key (28 cards)
Each PowerPoint slide set starts with a bell question to activate learning and ends with an exit question to quickly assess students. The slides correspond directly to the packets, and the information that needs to be written down is underlined on the slides. Slides are designed so that all the information does not appear at once and continues by clicking through the program at the appropriate pace. The answers for the reviews are included in the PowerPoint slides, and the labs have corresponding procedure slides.
Manipulative cards sets are intended to be printed as needed, laminated, and used for reinforcement. For example, the cell organelle card sets can be used to match the organelles with their job and levels of organization sets can be used practice putting the levels in order. The questions you can ask (or your students can ask their peers) are endless.
One set of twenty-eight task cards are included to be set up as stations or centers where the students move through in order to reinforce concepts. They are also great to provide “early finishers” with extra reinforcement.
While this curriculum is designed to be turn-key with minimal changes, please keep in mind that all schools are different regarding standards focus, class-period time, etc. If you have questions, concerns, or catch a typo (hopefully not!), please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please take a moment to review this curriculum after use. We hope you find this useful in your classroom! Thank you!
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Graphics are courtesy of mycuteclipart.com and openclipart.org.
Other graphics credits include:
Chloroplasts by Kristian Peters. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/49/Plagiomnium_affine_laminazellen.jpeg
Cork tree bySallyofmayflower.
Portrait of Robert Hooke is an oil painting by Rita Greer.
Scanning electron microscope photo of diatoms by Mary Ann Tiffany of SDSU.