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Is It Alive??

Requirements For Life

1. Living Things Are Made Up of Cells
• Unicellular organisms are made of 1 cell
• Multicellular organisms are made of more than 1 cell
• Cells are the smallest unit of an organism that can be
considered “alive”

Paramecium Dog
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2. Living Things Reproduce

• Sexual Reproduction: The mixing of genetic material
from 2 members of the same species
• Asexual Reproduction: Offspring are genetically
identical to the parent. No mixing of genetic material.

Sexual Reproduction Asexual Reproduction

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3. Living Things Are Based on a Universal Genetic Code

• All organisms store the complex information they
need to live, grow and reproduce.
• All information is written in a molecule called DNA.
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4. Living Things Grow and Develop

• During development a single egg divides again and
• New cells can be created and differentiate to perform
certain functions for the organism as time passes

Blue Oak Acorn Blue Oak Tree Sprouting

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5. Living Things Obtain and Use

• Energy is obtained and
used to grow, develop and
• Metabolism: The total sum
of all chemical reactions in
the body
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6. Living Things Respond to Their Environment

• Living things respond to stimuli to improve their
chances for survival
• A stimulus is a signal to which an organism responds
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7. Living Things Maintain a Stable Internal Environment

• Organisms need to keep conditions inside their
bodies as constant as possible.
• This process is called homeostasis.
 Sweat to release heat
 Sensations of thirst and hunger
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8. Taken as a Group, Living Things Evolve

• Basic traits individual organisms inherit from their
parents usually do not change.
• Over many generations, groups of organisms typically
evolve or change over time.
Specimen #1: Feather

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Specimen #2: Fire

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Specimen #3: Bean

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Specimen #4: Yeast

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BONUS: Virus

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