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 Unit

1: Scientific Investigation
Daysheet 17: Introduction to the 5 Characteristics of Life
Name ___________________________

Biology I
Date: ___________________

Bellringer:
Directions: Put a √ next to each item on the list below that you think is biotic (alive or was once alive).
Put an X next to each item on the list below that you think is abiotic (nonliving or never alive). Then
explain your thinking by coming up the rule you used to decide if something is alive or not.
___tree

___egg

___pupae

___rock

___bacteria

___seed

___fire

___cell

___cloud

___boy

___atom

___feather

___wind

___sun

___leaf

___rabbit

___mushroom

___hibernating bear

___river

___grass

___butterfly

Explain your thinking. What “rule” or reasoning did you use to decide if something could be
considered living?
In order for something to be alive it must___________________________________________
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Objective: I can determine if something is alive by applying my understanding of the 5
characteristics of life.
Homework: Complete HW#17

Activity 1: Cornell Notes
Biology Objective / Essential Question:
 

Main Ideas / Questions:

Notes:

1.

Word Breakdown:

BIOLOGY
Biology = ______________________________________________
2.

IT TAKES _______ TO BE ALIVE!!!
1. _________________________________________________ =
all living things are made of one or more cells; cells are the
basic unit of life
Label the image below:

How are the Flying Wallendas like the cells in your body?
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3.

2. _________________________________________________ =
the maintenance of stable internal conditions in spite of changes
in the external environment

Main Ideas / Questions:

Notes:

How does the jack rabbit maintain homeostasis?
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Stop-and-Jot:
What is one way the seal in the picture probably
maintains homeostasis?
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4.

3. ________________________________________________ =
physical and chemical changes in an organism in which energy is
released or used; living things use energy to grow and move
How are homeostasis and metabolism connected?
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5.

4. _________________________________________________ =
the process by which organisms make more of their own kind
There are 2 types of reproduction
• ________________ = 2 parents (ex: humans)
• ________________ = 1 parent (ex: bacteria)

6.

5. _________________________________________________ =
the passing of traits from parents to offspring
• _________ = the basic unit of heredity found on DNA

Main Ideas / Questions:

Notes:

7.

Virus Facts:
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Stop-and-Jot: Use your virus facts to decide if viruses are alive
or nonliving. Make sure you use the 5 characteristics of life in
your answer!
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Summary: Write a 4-6 sentence paragraph that reviews the most important information from
your Cornell Notes: _________________________________________________________________
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Homework 17: Is It Alive?

Biology I

Name: ____________________

Date: __________________

Directions: Fill in the chart below by deciding if the following items have each of the characteristics of

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life. Put a + if it has that characteristic. Put a if it does not have that characteristic. In the last
column, decide if the item is alive. The first one is done for you as an example.
Item
1. Boy

Metabolism? Homeostasis?

+

+

Cellular
Reproduction? Heredity?
Organization?

+

+

+

Is It
Alive?
yes

2. Tree
3. Cloud
4.Hibernating
Bear
5. Fire
6. Mushroom
7. River
8. Egg
9. Cell
10. Atom

Imagine a younger sibling or cousin looking at a toy car racing around the living room and shouting
“It’s alive!” Explain to your younger sibling or cousin why the toy car is not alive. Include all five
characteristics of life in your answer:

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