Characteristics of Living Things - Cells

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NGSS: MS.LS1.1

This two-week study on Middle School Life Science Standard 1.1 gives students opportunities to explore, think critically, discuss/debate, and research to work with the content in a meaningful way.

Standard: MS-LS1-1: Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.
[Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on developing evidence that living things are made of cells, distinguishing between living and non-living things, and understanding that living things may be made of one cell or many and varied cells.]

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This download includes:

- Teacher Guide and 17 Handouts
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- Two PowerPoint Presentations:
- Characteristics of Living Things
- Credible Sources (helps students ascertain the credibility of sources for their research)
- Supporting Websites recommendations

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Lesson Overview:

Days 1-4

Living vs. Non-Living Things
- Group activity to distinguish between living and non-living things
- Characteristics of living things (PowerPoint presentation. See thumbnails for details and feel free to contact me with questions.)
- Practice applying characteristics of living things to various subjects

Days 5-7
Living Things Investigations
- Credible Sources (PowerPoint Presentation)
- Investigate to prove/disprove statements re: living things (students need access to Internet and/or library)

Days 8-9
Unicellular organisms
- Create a Facebook profile page for the single-cell organism of choice (rubric included)

Days 10-11
Performance Assessment
- Select performance expectation assessment option

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Please contact me with any questions you may have regarding these lessons.

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Total Pages
72
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks

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Characteristics of Living Things - Cells
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Characteristics of Living Things - Cells
Characteristics of Living Things - Cells