Characteristics of Living Things

Laney Lee
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This is a complete lesson including everything you need to teach the characteristics of living things.

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  • 27 slide presentation
  • Student notes sheet (table format)
  • Student practice table. Students will classify various items as living or nonliving and then determine which characteristics they think are the most important and why

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Total Pages
31 pages
Answer Key
Not Included
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Gather and synthesize information that sensory receptors respond to stimuli by sending messages to the brain for immediate behavior or storage as memories. Assessment does not include mechanisms for the transmission of this information.
Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells. Emphasis is on developing evidence that living things are made of cells, distinguishing between living and non-living cells, and understanding that living things may be made of one cell or many and varied cells.
Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism. Emphasis is on describing that molecules are broken apart and put back together and that in this process, energy is released. Assessment does not include details of the chemical reactions for photosynthesis or respiration.


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