Characteristics of living things, systems integration, and zombies. A great way to start the school year for your biology or life science class.
Students are provided with a scenario and 6 pieces of evidence that a classmate named Riley provides after observing Quinn during a football game.
Students are asked to evaluate the evidence and compare it to the characteristics of life and decide whether the evidence supports his claim that Quinn is now a zombie.
I have a set of notes with the basic characteristics of life and one that is a blank table to use.
Students will be evaluating Riley’s claim that Quinn is a zombie using the claim-evidence-reasoning = explanation format to evaluate the evidence. This set of worksheets has guiding questions to help students work through the process of evaluating evidence and reasoning.
Students are then asked to create their own claim with evidence and reasoning.
The characteristics of life are all related to the functions of the organisms to stay alive. In advanced organisms, the characteristics of life are exhibited through organ systems and organ system integration.
1.Characteristics of Life notes (scaffolded and blank)
2.Student scenario and instructions
3.6 pieces of evidence
4.Record sheet (task 1)
5.Riley’s CER and Rubric for Evaluation (Task 2)
6.2 versions of blank CER (one with hint and one without) and rubric to create their own claim (Task 3)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.8 Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author's claim or a recommendation for solving a scientific or technical problem.
MS-LS1-3. Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.
HS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.