jwarrenberry   Photography

February 7, 2019


PURPOSE:  Study how different types of animals apply the six characteristics of life through drawing and writing about them.


You may work with 1 other person on this assignment.

In your assignment, you will use the organisms in the list below.  I chose each organism based on its biological classification, so it will demonstrate the variety of ways in which organisms apply the six characteristics of life.   Different organisms apply the characteristics of life in very different ways.  For instance, to move, birds fly, people walk, snakes crawl, and fish swim.   Use the prompts in parenthesis as a guide.  You may use the Internet to research the assignment or to look up new words in the assignment.  Here are the animals you will use:

Human
Earthworm
Snake
Insect
Bird
Fish
Amoeba
Squid
Crab
Starfish


Draw the above organisms and write at least one sentence for each of the characteristics for each organism (that are at least six sentences for each organism) telling how they:

1. Move (Do they crawl using muscles, use appendages, etc.)


2. Metabolize (How do they eat, digest, and excrete wastes?) 


3. Grow and Develop (How long does it take them to grow from a baby or an egg to a full adult?  What changes happen to their bodies?)


4. Respond to their environment  (Focus on how their nervous system responds to both the world around them and to what is going on in their own body.  For instance, what happens to their heart rate and blood pressure when they are afraid?)


5. Reproduce (Do they reproduce by using eggs, live births, or other methods?)


6. Adapt to the environment  (When something changes, how do they respond?  For instance, how does their body respond to different types of weather? (There are warm blooded and cold blooded animals.) How does their body respond to threats from other animals?)


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February 6, 2019


INTRODUCTION

After completing the assignments below, you should have learned the Characteristics of Life and applied them to an imaginary animal you created.  If you have done this, Congratulations!  You are well on your way to understanding what you will be studying for the next few months.  Now it is time for some fun to reinforce what you have learned.  


Today you will be working with Quizlet Cards on your device.  The cards I have chosen are primarily from study on the Characteristics of Life, but some are from energy which we studied in the previous unit.  Why?  Because energy and life are not separate from each other.  The energy questions in this set of cards are directly related to life (such as where do plants get energy.)  


INSTRUCTIONS

1.  CLICK HERE  to prepare.  A card will show you the meaning of a term.  Write down the term and then click on the card to turn it over to see if you are correct. 


2.  Next, CLICK HERE to test your knowledge.  Click the box at the bottom of the card that best matches the meaning of the statement on the card.  If you chose the incorrect answer, study the answer and try again.


3.   Answer the questions below on a separate piece of paper.   Write the question and write the answer.

1. Gaining weight and getting taller
growth
response
eating
organs

2. Plant energy?
stimulus
food
the sun
development

3. When new offspring is reproduced
reproduce
response
development
unicellular

4. Puberty and menopause
development
response
the sun
unicellular

5. Changing due to the stimulus
response
cells
reproduce
development

6. All reactions that happen in a living organism
metabolism
unicellular
stimuli
organism

7. Groups of cells that perform a similiar function
tissues
stimulus
response
organs

8.  All structures and functions of an organism come together to form an ________
metabolism
multicellular
organism
orderly living system

9. Organisms respond to stimuli over time. they evolve in order to better themselves over the years and change in order to better surive in the environment they live in.
adaptation
multicellular
reproduce
response

10. What is the order of the organization of living things?
energy
eating
cells-tissues-organs-organ systems
organs-cells-tissues

11. The basic unit of life; the smallest unit of life. Scientifically it would be the base unit of structure and function in an organism
cells
multicellular
cell
energy

12. A sudden shock of cold
cells
stimuli
stimulus
tissues

13. Must obtain in order to add mass and grow
cells-tissues-organs-organ systems
energy
organs
development

14.  How many characteristics of life are there?
response
six
tissues
energy

15. When a major change occurs
energy
response
development
unicellular

16.  Something that causes a change. a signal that causes an organism to react
stimulus
tissues
stimuli
response

17.  Groups of tissues that have common purpose
response
organ systems
tissues
organs

18.  Human energy?
food
the sun
cells
growth

19.  Grabbing a jacket and getting goose bumps
response
reproduce
tissues
organs

20.  What are the 5 stages of an average life span
birth-growth-development-decline-death
multicellular
cells; organization; reproduction; growth; response to environment/adaptation; energy use
unicellular



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February 5, 2019


1.  If you have not completed the assignment from yesterday (see below,) complete it first.  You will be building on the knowledge you learn from it.  You will create your own animal using the instructions below.  This should reinforce what you learned about your animal from yesterday's assignment.  Understanding the characteristics of living things will make your entire semester--both 3rd and 4th quarters--much easier!  Really!  


2.  After completing the assignment below, go back to the section on PROCESS.  There are several questions under each of the 6 characteristics of life.  Make up your own animal using each of those questions as a guide.  First determine the environment in which your animal will live.  That will tell you a great deal about the characteristics it will need to have.  For instance, you may want to make up an animal that can fly through the water.   Answer each of the questions in the PROCESS section below and tell how it applies to your animal.  Write each of the questions and then answer it. (That will help you make up a good animal that will help you to get a better grade on this assignment!).   Remember to tell what each of the characteristics of life in your animal looks like--and name it!  My animal that flies through water is a Swimmeroo.  :-)  


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February 4, 2019


Today you will be learning about the basic characteristics of life and applying it to an animal.   BE SURE TO READ THE SECTION OF THE DOCUMENT LABELED "PROCESS" BEFORE BEGINNING TO RESEARCH YOUR ANSWERS.  


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Characteristics of Living Things


   Goal/Objectives

All living things share certain
characteristics. In this activity you will investigate how one particular animal displays these characteristics and how these characteristics help that animal to survive in its environment.


   Introduction

All living things share the following characteristics. Living things can: 

1. Move
2. Metabolize (including eating, digesting, and excreting)
3. Grow and develop
4. Respond to the environment
5. Reproduce
6. Adapt to the environment

The special way that each organism exhibits these characteristics makes it suitable for a specific environment. Organisms can survive only in certain environments because of their particular characteristics.

   Task

BEFORE BEGINNING, READ THE PROCESS SECTION BELOW.  Pick an animal that interests you. Research, using the Internet and explain how that animal shows the 6 characteristics listed above and how these characteristics help this animal to survive in its environment. Type your report and save it to be turned in.

   
PROCESS

Answer as many of the following questions as possible while doing your research, and then incorporate them into your report. (Note: Each of the topics must be included, at least briefly, in your report.) Feel free to include other things under each topic that may not be mentioned.

1.  Move – How fast does this organism move? Does it tend to move for short periods of time or long periods of time? When is this organism the most active? Does this organism migrate?

2. Metabolize – What does this organism eat? How much does this organism need to eat? How often does this organism eat? How does this organism’s digestion work? How does this organism excrete waste?


3. Grow and develop – How long does it take this organism to reach maturity? How long does this organism usually live? Who takes care of the offspring? How do the offspring learn? Does this organism undergo any metamorphosis?

4. Respond to the environment – What does this organism do when faced with danger? Does this organism have a territory? How is this territory marked and protected? How does this organism protect its young? How does this organism get along with others of its kind?

5. Reproduce – How long does it take this organism to reproduce? How many offspring are born at once? What kind of reproduction does this organism use?

6. Adaptations – How do the characteristics that this organism displays help it to
adapt and survive in its environment?  Does this organism have special features that help it survive?

While typing your report, be sure it uses correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling.

   Conclusion

In this activity, you have learned that all animals share certain characteristics of life.  

These characteristics help this animal to survive in its environment. If something changes the animal’s environment, it may have trouble surviving. If this animal is moved from its natural environment, its special characteristics must be taken into consideration.