Characteristics of Living Things

variety of living things

Can you name some living things?

Make a list, or a mindmap keep things that are related to each other close to each other

What differences are there between the various Organisms you have wrote down?

Can you tell us some of the similarities that the living things share or have in common?

classifying living organisms as plants or animals

What have all plants got in common ?

What do all plants have in common??

Has a list of characteristics with it. Can be high brow but the jist is there!

What have all animals got in common?

What do all animals have in common ??

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animalia

Has a list of characteristics with it. Can be high brow but the jist is there!

Could you make a set of rules to decide on a Living thing being a Plant or Animal

Scientists have documented over 20,000 species of fish, 6,000 species of reptiles, 9,000 birds, 1,000 amphibians, 15,000 species of mammals and over a million species of insect

OB40 identify the basic life processes and characteristics common to all living organisms:

nutrition, respiration, excretion, growth, reproduction, movement and response

The 7 Characteristics

identifying common plants and animals;

OB38 understand how to use a simple key to identify plants and animals, including vertebrates and invertebrates

Identification (Taxonomy) of different living things can be made easier by using keys.

more here

Most of the good organisation of the plants and animals into various classifications was done by Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) for more on him see wikipedia

7Characteristics

OB39 investigate the variety of living things by direct observation of animals and plants in their environment; classify living organisms as plants or animals, and animals as vertebrates or invertebrates

Investigation

Classifications

Scientists have documented over 20,000 species of fish, 6,000 species of reptiles, 9,000 birds, 1,000 amphibians, 15,000 species of mammals and over a million species of insect. Where did they all come from and what are the relationships between all of these different species can be found on this very important page http://www.open2.net/treeoflife/index.html