Tired of the Martian and the Car? Still need students to analyze living and non-living things? Try Zombies! Which characteristics of life do they show? Which ones are they missing? Have students apply concepts from their Cornell Notes to evaluate the status of a zombie. On the flip side, students read about biotic and abiotic factors in an environment, and determine how the environment affects the zombie population. Wrap it up with a supplemental scientific writing activity. Use claims supported by evidence and scientific reasoning to answer the prompt. Don't forget to nix counterclaims using your rebuttal.
CHARACTERISTICS OF LIFE
* Made of Cells
* Has DNA
* Respond to Stimulus
* Get & Use Energy
* Grow & Develop
* Maintain Homeostasis
BIOTIC FACTORS & ABIOTIC FACTORS
- Directions for Use
- Cornell Notes / Teacher Key (1 page)
- Student Fill-in Notes (1 page)
- Guided Notes (1 page)
- Zombies Worksheet / Key (2 pages)
- Biotic & Abiotic Factors Article / Key (2 pages)
- Scientific Writing Activity & Rubric (6 pages)
Includes printable notes and student fill-in notes. Essential questions and related vocabulary included. Differentiated notes pages for students at all levels (I use the Student Fill-in Notes in my standard classes and the Guided Notes in my advanced classes. I allow my lowest students to highlight the Printable Notes).
WORKSHEETS & KEYS:
Practice the characteristics of life and identify biotic and abiotic factors that will determine the zombie population.
SCIENTIFIC WRITING ACTIVITY:
Teach students to make scientific claims supported by direct and indirect evidence. Use scientific laws and theories as reasoning to connect the evidence to the claim. Finally, shut down counterclaims with a rebuttal that refutes the counter-evidence.
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