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Types of Living Things - Chapter Summary
Study the characteristic differences between living things with this fun online science chapter. Broken into engaging and easily digestible video lessons, this chapter walks you through the traits and types of microorganisms, invertebrates, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and other living things. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be equipped to:
- Describe the characteristics of living things
- Compare types of microorganisms
- Recognize examples of invertebrates
- Explain the importance of reptiles
- Describe the roles of amphibians
- Evaluate mammal behavior
- Discuss common bird traits
To make sure you fully understand these organism characteristics, try the lesson quizzes and chapter exam. These resources are available whenever you have free time to study, and you can use any computer or mobile device to access the lessons/self-assessments. We also encourage you to use the Ask the Expert feature if you need any extra help with the chapter topics.
1. Characteristics of Living Things
Have you ever wondered what makes something alive? Learn more about the characteristics that classify something as living. These shared traits can be observed in all living things in the world around us.
2. Microorganism: Definition, Types & Classification
Microorganisms are tiny living things. There are so many microorganisms in the world. How do scientists classify and keep track of them all? Find out in this lesson!
3. Invertebrates: Definition & Examples
From bees to lobsters and octopi to cockroaches, invertebrates are everywhere. This lesson introduces them as a major group within biology and discusses their relationship with the human race.
4. Reptiles: Features, Types & Importance
Reptiles are more than just snakes. In this lesson, we'll explore the reptile class, discover what other animals are reptiles, what makes them related, and why they are important.
5. Amphibians: Traits, Types & Roles
Amphibians. Does the word conjure up images of slimy frogs and salamanders? Or perhaps a case of warts after handling a toad? Amphibians are a fascinating group of animals that we don't see very often. Find out more in this lesson.
6. Mammals: Traits, Behavior & Grouping
Ever wondered what the largest mammal on Earth was? Or what traits connect mammals together? In this lesson, you will discover the basic traits of mammals, some of their behavior, and how they are grouped by scientists. Read on!
7. Birds: Traits, Types & Importance
Have you ever wanted to be a bird? Or thought about flying like a bird? In this lesson, we're going to learn about why birds are birds, how they fly, and why they're important to us both ecologically and economically.
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