What are the characteristics of life? What classifies something as "living"? This inquiry activity and the corresponding worksheets will help students test their presupposed thinking by observing living and non-living specimens. Each specimen has ONE characteristic of living things, but only the living specimens will demonstrate ALL of the characteristics.
Please note: This lab is also part of my Year of Biology Labs- BIG BUNDLE!.
This lab is a perfect introduction to life science or biology and gets students thinking immediately. The inquiry-style lesson allows for challenging peer discussions as well as individual thinking.
Characteristics of living things addressed in this activity include:
-Composed of cells
-Show a high level of internal organization
-Respond to stimuli
-Able to reproduce
-Evolves or adapts based on environment
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