Name: __________________________________ Period: _____

Characteristics of Life

Living or Non-Living?

 

 Think about the properties of each item on the list. Place a check in each column that applies to the item. If it has all the characteristics of life, put an L in the last column to indicate that it is a living item. If not, put N for non-living.

 

 

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Property of Life

made of one or more cells

has DNA (genetic material)

grows and develops

responds to stimuli

reproduces

stable internal environment (homeostasis)

use materials and energy (metabolism)

evolve (as a group, over time)

LIVING (L) OR NON-LIVING (NL)?

1: Stone

               

 

2:  Lego ®

               

 

3: Shell

               

 

4: Plant leaf

               

 

5: Air

               

 

6: Yogurt (be sure to read container!)

               

 

7: Water

               

 

8: Yeast (in packet)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9: Apple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Snapping turtle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. Balloon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. Lichen (whitish substance on the bark)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directions: Answer the following questions using COMPLETE sentences.

 

  1. How did your group decide if each of the objects were “LIVING”? How did you know an object was “NON-LIVING”?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turn over!!

  1. Match the situations (a-h) with one or more of the characteristics of life (1-8). Write the number or numbers next to the letter. (More than one may be correct)

Situation

Characteristic of Life

a. a cell divides ____________

1. made of one or more cells

b. a giraffe eats leaves off a tree____________

2. has DNA (genetic material)

c. when using a microscope you see liver cells ____________

3. grows and develops

d. you get goose bumps when it’s cold ____________

4. responds to stimuli

e. plants capture sunlight to make glucose ____________

5. reproduces

f. a sperm cell and egg cell fuse to make a zygote____________

6. stable internal environment

g. a rabbit’s fur turns white in the winter ____________

7. use materials and energy

h. giraffe neck lengthened over many generations ____________

 

8. evolve as a group, over time