Ch 20: MTLE Elementary Education: Life Science

About This Chapter

The lessons in this chapter will help you prepare for the MTLE Elementary Education exam by reviewing a variety of life science concepts. Take the self-assessment quizzes to test your knowledge.

MTLE Elementary Education: Life Science - Chapter Objectives

Use the lessons in this chapter to examine living organisms and how they interact with the environment. The information you review will help you answer questions related to science on the MTLE Elementary Education exam. After completing this chapter you will have reviewed:

  • Characteristics of living organisms
  • Organisms' basic needs
  • Classification of plants
  • Vertebrates
  • Life cycles
  • Genetics
  • Human immune system
  • Ecosystems
  • Animal behavior
  • Human impact on animal species
  • Invasive species

The lessons in this chapter have been designed to cover all of the material regarding life sciences that you will need to review to prepare for the MTLE Elementary Education exam. To aid in the learning process, each lesson contains a short video to help illustrate the information. You'll find the transcript of the video included as a great resource for taking notes. You can take a self-assessment quiz at end of each lesson to apply what you've learned and practice for the exam.

MTLE Elementary Education: Life Science - Objectives

The MTLE Elementary Education exam is administered to educators in Minnesota who are hoping to attain certification to teach at the elementary level. The exam is comprised of three subtests and each subtest covers two main areas of content. The material reviewed in this chapter prepares you for the science portion of Subtest 3. Questions related to this content area account for 57% of Subtest 3's final score.

The MTLE Elementary Education exam's three subtests each contain about 50 multiple-choice questions. You will have one hour to complete each subtest. You can take the subtests all on the same day or complete them on separate occasions. You will need a score of 240 or higher on each subtest to qualify for certification.

7 Lessons in Chapter 20: MTLE Elementary Education: Life Science
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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!

What is a Life Cycle? - Definition, Stages & Examples

3. What is a Life Cycle? - Definition, Stages & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn the definition of 'life cycle' and find out about the three basic stages of a life cycle. You'll also explore examples of different life cycles.

Genetic Variability and Random Mutation

4. Genetic Variability and Random Mutation

Evolution is driven by variation among populations. The amount of variability determines how well a population can adapt to environmental changes, while random mutations can provide new variations that help a population adapt to unexpected changes.

Ecosystems, Habitats and Ecological Niches

5. Ecosystems, Habitats and Ecological Niches

Check out this video lesson to understand the many complex aspects of an ecosystem. See how animals live in habitats and survive amongst their surroundings.

What is Species Diversity? - Definition, Importance & Examples

6. What is Species Diversity? - Definition, Importance & Examples

Have you ever wondered how many species live on Earth? Earth is full of amazing creatures. In this lesson, you will learn about the importance of species diversity. At the end, test your knowledge with a quiz.

Environmental Changes & Adaptation in Organisms

7. Environmental Changes & Adaptation in Organisms

In this lesson, we will discuss what happens when an organism is forced to deal with environmental changes. You will learn what adaptation is and how organisms benefit from it.

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