The Characteristics of Living ThingsBiologists use six characteristics toclassify something as a living thing. 1. Made of Cells 2. Use and Need Energy 3. Adapted to Their Surroundings 4. React to Changes 5. Reproduce 6. Grow and Develop
The Characteristics of Living ThingsAll living things have these sixcharacteristics.Anything without one of these sixcharacteristics is nonliving.Living things are called organisms .
1. Made of CellsOrganisms aremade up of oneor more cells.A cell is the basicunit of structureand function inliving things. Cells = the of life.
2. Use and Need Ener gyAll organisms Sunlight is theneed and use source of energyenergy to live. for most livingEnergy is the things.ability to do work. Plants use the energy in sunlight to make food, and animals get energy by eating plants or other animals that have eaten plants.
3. Adapt ed t o Their Sur r oundingsOrganisms are adapted, or suited, totheir surroundings.All organisms have features that helpthem survive in their surroundings. For example: fish have gills
4. React t o Changes Organisms react to change in their surroundings. Any reaction to change is called a response. For example: A bright light may cause you to blink.
5. Repr oduceOrganismsproduce moreorganisms of theirown kind.Reproductionallows organismsto continue livingon the earth.
6. Gr ow and DevelopAll organisms Living thingsgrow and develop. change, or develop, during their lifetimes. One way organisms change is by growing. Living things may also change in appearance. • For example: tadpoles and frogs
Summar yBiologists use six characteristics toclassify something as a living thing.1. Made of Cells2. Use and Need Energy3. Adapted to Their Surroundings4. React to Changes5. Reproduce6. Grow and DevelopAll living things display all of the abovecharacteristics.
Discussion As a teacher, one of the techniques for presenting information to your students is through lecture. However,traditionally lectures have been thought of as dull, boring, and utterly uninteresting. Often students don’t pay attention,and even those who do don’t get much actual learning out of it. That was until now. With the help of Power Point almostany lecture can be spiced up to captivate its intended audience and at the same time convey the information that needs tobe conveyed. Using Power Point a teacher can add sounds, pictures, movies, and even Flash programs to any lesson.Trying to incorporate these types of valuable multimedia to the chalkboard is virtually impossible. Thus, in my classroom I can foresee myself using Power Point as a tool to lecture with. I could set up mylectures over the summer or whenever I had the free time and could then present them to my students when that chapterwas being covered. I think that Power Point would add some value to my lectures in that the students would be moreinterested and numerous sources of multimedia could be included. The only drawback I see to using Power Point is thatit’s somewhat involved and can take a while to produce. However, the extra time that is spent making a Power Pointlecture is not wasted time because the lectures can be used again and again. For my students I can foresee Power Point as a project that they might have to complete. I could apply thisidea in a number of ways. For example, when learning about the periodic table each student could be assigned a specificgroup from the table or a specific element and could then produce a Power Point slide show to describe the properties ofthat specific group or element. Students could also use Power Point as a way of writing-up one lab that they do during theyear. The students could develop a slide show to explain the purpose of the lab, the procedure of the lab, and then theirresults from the lab. They could then present their slide show to the class. I think both of these ideas provide a good breakfrom the normal monotonous homework, lab write-ups, and tests that a chemistry class entails.