Discipline: Science

Grade(s)/Level: 7th Grade

Course: Life Science

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Using Classification to Investigate Living Organisms
Academic
Vocabulary
Something that is not alive.
Something that precisely conforms to facts and faithfully represents what is true.
To separate an intellectual whole in order to investigate and evaluate its parts; the results of such thinking.
Caused or produced by organisms that are alive.
Systematically grouping organisms into categories based on the relationships between them.
To work together; to cooperate to achieve a goal or complete a task.
The end or last part of something; often includes a judgment, decision, or call to respond to what has been read, discussed, etc.
The accepted ways or techniques of communicating in writing, drama, literature, art, etc.
The believability or truthfulness of someone or something.
The process during which food is broken down into simple chemical compounds and converted into energy that can be absorbed and used by the body.
Any of three primary divisions of living systems that rank above a kingdom in the classification of living organisms.
The waste products eliminated by an organism after digestion occurs; matter such as urine or sweat that is eliminated by the body.
A meaning that exaggerates or alters the literal meaning of a word, sentence, essay, etc.
A reasonable guess or extension of a concept that is based on observations and logic.
To systematically examine.
The highest (most broad) level of classification for an organism; animal, vegetable, or mineral.
What a writer expresses and a reader understands. It is communicated by the words, phrases, and sentences that describe objects, concepts, and the context of a piece of writing.
A specific structure within a cell that performs a particular function; examples include a chloroplast, mitochondrion, and vacuole.
An individual life form such as an animal, bacteria, fungus, or plant.
To copy or imitate another’s work (ideas, language, thoughts, etc.) and present it as one’s own original work.
A sober, intentional, and careful consideration.
Something that relates to the subject under consideration.
Scholarly investigation or careful study for the purpose of presenting accurate and detailed information about a topic, person, and so on.
The act of breathing
The discipline of observing, identifying, describing, experimenting, and offering theories to explain phenomena in the world.
The particular method of investigation used by scientists that involves observing a phenomenon, formulating a hypothesis about it, conducting experiments to prove the hypothesis true or false, and developing a conclusion that validates or modifies the original hypothesis.
The way something is said, expressed, performed, or completed; it is the unique way of communicating that sets a person, piece of writing, speech, etc. a part from others.
To list or review the main points.
The literal or precise meaning of something.
The way something is expressed to convey mood or emotion. For example, changes in pitch to communicate different meanings.
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