Characteristics of Living Things Lesson: Made of Cells, Reproduce, etc. (NEW!)

Characteristics of Living Things Lesson:  Made of Cells, Reproduce, etc. (NEW!)
Characteristics of Living Things Lesson:  Made of Cells, Reproduce, etc. (NEW!)
Characteristics of Living Things Lesson:  Made of Cells, Reproduce, etc. (NEW!)
Characteristics of Living Things Lesson:  Made of Cells, Reproduce, etc. (NEW!)
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NGSSHS-LS1-3
NGSSMS-LS1-1
NGSSMS-LS2-3
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Dear Teacher,

It's taken a few years for me to be satisfied with this lesson for my own students, and now that I am I can share it with you. This lesson includes:

1. Pre-lesson collaborative brainstorming activity (promote collaboration with this rubric)

2. Presentation on the 6 characteristics - brief notes to copy followed by a short video on the characteristic and post-video review questions.

3. Four post-lesson review exercises (use as Do Now, Exit Cards or Quizzes)

The 6 characteristics presented are...

  • Made of cells
  • Grow and develop
  • Reproduce and pass on traits to offspring
  • Respond to their internal environment and external environment
  • Obtain and use energy to grow, move and process information
  • Made of organic molecules (proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids)
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NGSSHS-LS1-3
Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis. Examples of investigations could include heart rate response to exercise, stomate response to moisture and temperature, and root development in response to water levels. Assessment does not include the cellular processes involved in the feedback mechanism.
NGSSMS-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. 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.
NGSSMS-LS2-3
Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem. Emphasis is on describing the conservation of matter and flow of energy into and out of various ecosystems, and on defining the boundaries of the system. Assessment does not include the use of chemical reactions to describe the processes.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9–10 texts and topics.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
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