Ch 4: Humans, Animals & Habitats

About This Chapter

Review information about humans, animals, and habitats as you prepare for a class discussion or get ready for an exam. Our lessons use effective learning strategies and approaches that promote faster understanding and better retention.

Humans, Animals & Habitats - Chapter Summary

If you're struggling to remember key details about humans, animals, and habitats, rely on this chapter as your go-to study aid. These short lessons in this chapter have been designed to help you get reacquainted with key science concepts, including the definition of life, survival needs, connections between living things, human interference, and species extinction. By going through this entire chapter, you will be prepared to do the following:

  • Describe the key characteristics of living organisms
  • Identify the basic needs of living organisms
  • Name the parts of the human body
  • Define the food web and provide examples
  • Point out how the food web works in the ocean
  • Compare biological, chemical, and physical pollution
  • Explain how pollution contributes to habitat destruction
  • Offer examples of a habitat map

Many of the lessons available in this chapter are videos in which the instructor discusses the vocabulary words, shows images of science topics, and provides step-by-step explanations of major concepts. At the end of each video, the instructors offer a quick quiz, just to make sure you recognize the main points. The video lessons and all of our materials are available online 24/7, so you can always go back for a quick review.

8 Lessons in Chapter 4: Humans, Animals & Habitats
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The Defining Characteristics of Living Organisms

1. The Defining Characteristics of Living Organisms

A house is not a living thing, but the people, animals, and plants living inside it are. So how do we define 'life'? Learn about seven characteristics that all living organisms have in common, no matter how different they may look on the outside.

Living Organisms: Basic Needs

2. Living Organisms: Basic Needs

There are many types of living organisms on Earth. But what makes us all the same is our basic needs for survival, which is a shorter list than you might think!

Human Body Parts Lesson for Kids

3. Human Body Parts Lesson for Kids

This lesson will teach you about some of the important parts that make up your body. You will learn where they are found and what they are used for. You will also get the chance to make up some dance moves to help you remember the body parts.

Food Web Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

4. Food Web Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

Did you know that all living things are linked together by the food we eat? In this lesson learn how we can make a visual representation, called a food web, to show the flow of energy between different species within a community.

Ocean Food Web Lesson for Kids

5. Ocean Food Web Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we will learn what a food web is. We will also discuss the 2 main classifications of organisms found in a food web. We will give an example of an ocean food web and discuss how scientists use food webs.

Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

6. Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

Pollution is the presence of unwanted substances in an environment. It is often the result of human interference. Learn about physical, chemical and biological pollutants and see examples of each.

Pollution and Habitat Destruction: The Human Factors Contributing To Endangerment & Extinction

7. Pollution and Habitat Destruction: The Human Factors Contributing To Endangerment & Extinction

In this lesson you will learn about two ways humans contribute to species extinction. We break up habitats by building roads and clearing land, and we pollute both land and water. You will also learn about the specific terms used to describe the processes, habitat fragmentation and anthropogenic pollution.

Habitat Map: Definition & Example

8. Habitat Map: Definition & Example

Take a look at the environment around you. Are people moving in? Are people moving away? What do the streets look like? In this lesson, you are going to learn how scientists investigate the homes of plants and animals for various reasons.

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