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Ch 1: Living Things in Their Environment

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Living Things in Their Environment - Chapter Summary

In this helpful chapter, our instructors explain the characteristics of living things and the basic needs of living organisms. You'll also learn about species and how animals and plants are classified. Additional topics include vertebrates and invertebrates and how they differ from each other. Once you finish this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Explain the importance of molecules
  • Define taxonomy
  • Describe who Carl Linneaus was
  • Use a dichotomous key to make classifications

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11 Lessons in Chapter 1: Living Things in Their Environment
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Characteristics of Living Things: Lesson for Kids

1. Characteristics of Living Things: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you'll learn what all living things have in common. By the end of this lesson, you'll be able to determine if something is a living thing.

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!

What Are Living Organisms Made Of? - Molecules & Functions

3. What Are Living Organisms Made Of? - Molecules & Functions

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what living organisms are made of, the elements, the important molecules, and how they build to perform biological functions. A short quiz will follow.

Species Definition: Lesson for Kids

4. Species Definition: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever heard the term homo sapiens? That is the scientific name for the human species. You are part of a species that is different from all other animals! Learn more about what makes a species in this lesson.

Classifying Living Things: Lesson for Kids

5. Classifying Living Things: Lesson for Kids

What do an elephant and a spider have in common? More than you might think! Scientists organize living things into groups based on common characteristics. In this lesson we, explore the groups scientists use to organize the many living things on Earth.

Animal Classification Lesson for Kids

6. Animal Classification Lesson for Kids

How are a dog and a lizard alike? What is the same about an octopus and an ant? Do spiders and sponges have something in common? Find out in this lesson about animal classification.

Classifying Plants Lesson for Kids

7. Classifying Plants Lesson for Kids

While there might be several thousand different types of plants in the world, all of these plants can be divided into two basic categories: vascular and nonvascular. Let's learn about how plants are classified.

The Dichotomous Key: A Classifying Tool

8. The Dichotomous Key: A Classifying Tool

Sometimes, the best way to identify an object is to take a step-by-step approach. Dichotomous keys are perfect for this, helping us classify unknown objects through a series of questions and answers that lead us down the correct path.

Carl Linnaeus Lesson for Kids

9. Carl Linnaeus Lesson for Kids

An estimated eight million species of organisms live on Earth. Naming all of these species can get pretty tricky, but it's easier thanks to Carl Linnaeus. This lesson teaches you more about Carl Linnaeus and his contributions to science.

Vertebrates Lesson for Kids: Characteristics & Facts

10. Vertebrates Lesson for Kids: Characteristics & Facts

All vertebrates have a backbone, but what else do they have in common? From the furry fox to the slippery salamander, animals in the five vertebrate groups are alike in certain ways. Find out how and more in this lesson on vertebrates.

Invertebrates Lesson for Kids: Characteristics & Facts

11. Invertebrates Lesson for Kids: Characteristics & Facts

What has eight legs and a body divided into two segments? What kind of animal stays in just one place all the time because it can't walk, run, swim, or fly? Find the answers and many interesting facts in this lesson about invertebrates.

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