Living Organisms
Age 12-14: Concept 2 - Semester 2: Unit 2

In this unit, you will explore living organisms and the relationships they have with their surroundings and the rest of the world. This will include learning about biotic and abiotic factors in an environment and various ecological relationships such as mutualism and symbiosis. In addition to studying how different organisms obtain their food, you will also study plant reproduction and photosynthesis. For your final project you will investigate a plant or animal of your choice and present your findings in a booklet or slideshow presentation.
by Steven D. Wall, M.A.
 
by Steven D. Wall, M.A.
 

Other Items You May Need

The Age 12-14 semester 2 science units require materials from the Semester 2 Science Kit.
$58.50 #1808 Age 12-14 - Semester 2 Science Kit

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at an 8th or 9th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Can write a five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the seventh or eighth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Levels of Organization
  • Lesson 2: Structure and Stability
  • Lesson 3: Plant Reproduction
  • Lesson 4: Biotic and Abiotic Factors
  • Lesson 5: Nutrition
  • Lesson 6: Respiration
  • Lesson 7: Stimulus and Response (2 Days)
  • Lesson 8: Behavior
  • Lesson 9: Ecological Relationships
  • Lesson 10: Structural Similarities
  • Final Project: Exploring Living Organisms (3 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic. (Science)
  • Describe how organisms maintain stable internal conditions while living in changing external environments. (Science)
  • Describe ways in which organisms interact with each other and with non-living parts of the environment. (Science)
  • Describe ways in which organisms interact with each other and with non-living parts of the environment: coexistence/cooperation/competition, symbiosis, and mutual dependence. (Science)
  • Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions. (Science)
  • Explain the significance of the processes of photosynthesis and respiration to the survival of green plants and other organisms. (Science)
  • Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks. (Science)
  • Identify components of an ecosystem to which organisms may respond. (Science)
  • Identify components of an ecosystem to which organisms may respond. (Science)
  • Identify how structure complements function at different levels of organization including organs, organ systems, organisms, and populations. (Science)
  • Identify responses in organisms to external stimuli such as the presence or absence of heat or light. (Science)
  • Identify the systems of an organism and describe their functions. (Science)
  • Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table). (Science)
  • Investigate factors that determine the growth and survival of organisms including light, temperature range, soil/rock type, and water. (Science)
  • Know how to construct a simple branching diagram to classify living groups of organisms by shared characteristics. (Science)
  • Know that mitochondria liberate energy for the work that cells do and that chloroplasts capture sunlight energy for photosynthesis. (Science)
  • Know that the responses of organisms are caused by internal or external stimuli. (Science)
  • Know the relationship between structure and function in living systems. (Science)
  • Know the structures and processes by which flowering plants generate pollen, ovules, seeds, and fruit. (Science)
  • Summarize how food provides the energy and the molecules required for building materials, growth and survival of all organisms. (Science)
  • Summarize the basic structures and functions of flowering plants required for survival, reproduction and defense. (Science)
  • Understand how organisms interact with and respond to the biotic and abiotic components of their environment. (Science)
  • Understand the processes, structures, and functions of living organisms that enable them to survive, reproduce and carry out the basic functions of life. (Science)
  • Understand the structures, processes and behaviors of plants that enable them to survive and reproduce. (Science)
  • Understand the structures, processes, and behaviors of plants that enable them to survive and reproduce. (Science)
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