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Ch 6: How Living Organisms Get Energy - Middle School Life Science: Homeschool Curriculum

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The How Living Organisms Get Energy unit of this Middle School Life Science Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about forms of energy for organisms. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our Middle School Life Science Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn how energy is transferred between organisms. There is no faster or easier way to learn about environmental energy. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about feedback systems, cellular respiration, dynamic homeostasis, chlorophyll and energy transfer.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a life science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a How Living Organisms Get Energy unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

How Living Organisms Get Energy Unit Objectives:

  • Learn about the conditions living systems must have for energy and matter to flow.
  • Examine how growth, reproduction and dynamic homeostasis are affected by their environment.
  • Explore the feedback systems used by organisms to regulate growth.
  • Compare life and energy in the context of energy transformation.
  • Review cellular respiration and energy transfer.

6 Lessons in Chapter 6: How Living Organisms Get Energy - Middle School Life Science: Homeschool Curriculum
Living Systems Requirement for Free Energy and Matter

1. Living Systems Requirement for Free Energy and Matter

Free energy and matter are required by all living things in order to grow, reproduce, and maintain biological processes. Additionally, free energy and matter must also be recycled through the environment in order to remove dead material and allow for new growth.

The Environmental Requirements for Growth, Reproduction & Dynamic Homeostasis

2. The Environmental Requirements for Growth, Reproduction & Dynamic Homeostasis

Cells need to maintain internal environments that are different from their external environments in order to grow and reproduce. In this video lesson, you will understand some ways that cells can control their internal conditions to ensure proper biological functioning.

Using Feedback Systems to Regulate Growth, Reproduction & Dynamic Homeostasis

3. Using Feedback Systems to Regulate Growth, Reproduction & Dynamic Homeostasis

In order to maintain specific internal conditions, organisms use feedback mechanisms. Feedback is essential to the regulation of internal environments, which allows for proper biological functioning.

Energy and Life: The Transformation of Energy in Living Organisms

4. Energy and Life: The Transformation of Energy in Living Organisms

While the sun is an excellent source of energy, not all forms of life can utilize the sun's energy directly. This lesson describes how plants transform the sun's energy into potential energy stored in sugar, how living organisms utilize energy in sugar to perform work, and how the relationship between photosynthesis and cellular respiration is necessary for life.

Cellular Respiration: Energy Transfer in Cells

5. Cellular Respiration: Energy Transfer in Cells

Watch this short video to learn the basics about converting organic compounds into ATP, also known as cellular respiration. We'll look at an overview of the process.

Chlorophyll: Absorbing Light Energy for Photosynthesis

6. Chlorophyll: Absorbing Light Energy for Photosynthesis

Plants are clean, green, photosynthesizing machines. Using a specialized pigment called chlorophyll, plants are able to soak up energy from the sun and turn it into food. In this lesson, we'll start to learn why chlorophyll literally gets excited about a sunny day!

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