Discipline: Science

Grade(s)/Level: 7th Grade

Course: Life Science

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Using Classification to Investigate Living Organisms
  • Module Description
    • Students will be able to investigate the diversity of living organisms and how they can be compared scientifically. They will recognize the organisms' characteristics and classify them into specific domains and kingdoms based upon the physical characteristics they observe.

      Note to Teachers:

      This module leads students through investigations of organisms' organization from basic to complex. Students investigate processes associated with systems that function in acquisition and utilization of energy (e.g., digestion, respiration, and excretion). They examine these processes through a comparative study of the six kingdoms of life, which ultimately lead them to the understanding that all living organisms (including humans) are made of cells and all participate in these processes in order to maintain life.

  • Tasks
    • Teaching Task Template Task (Design your own lesson)

      After researching the following articles on various organisms, write a report that defines "organisms" and explains in which domain and kingdom you would classify each organism. Support your discussion with evidence from your research.

      Template Task 11 Informational or Explanatory/Definition

      L1: After researching________ (informational texts) on ________(content), write a/an ________(report or substitute) that defines________ (term or concept) and explains ________(content). Support your discussion with evidence from your research.

  • About the Teacher
    • Author(s): Kim Cheney

      Course: Life Science

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