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Mill Creek M.S.

Mill Creek MS Science 6th grade Slanczka--Living Things

Organism A living thing.
Unicellular A type of organism that is made up of a single cell.
Multicellular A type of organism that is made up of many cells.
Reproduction The production of offspring that are similar to the parents.
Growth When you're getting bigger.
Development To get more complex and better.
Homeostasis The maintenance of stable internal conditions despite changes in the surroundings.
Autotrophs An organism that makes its own food.
Heterotrophs An organism that cannot make their own food.
Spontaneous Generation The mistaken idea that living things arise from non-living sources.
Taxonomy The scientific study of how living things are classified
Binomial Nomenclature The system where they name organisms like species and genes.
Stimulus A change in an organism's surroundings that causes the organisms to react.
Classification The process of grouping things based on their simularities.
Genus A classification grouping that consists of a number of a similar, closely related species.
Species A group of similar organisms that can mate and produce, by offspring.
Vertebrate An organism that has a backbone.
Invertebrate An organism that does not have a backbone.
Cold-blooded An organism whose body temperature changes with the environment--example: frog
Warm-blooded An organism whose internal conditions stay at a constant temperature.
Taxonomic Key The tool for identifying organisms that is based on a series of paired statements describing physical characteristics.
Fish A cold-blooded vertabrate that has gills, scales, and fins.
Amphibian Frogs, fish, and other animals in water.
Reptile Reptiles have scales, like snakes and crocodiles.
Birds Any warm-blooded vertebrate having their bodies covered in feathers, wings, scaly legs, beak, no teeth, and bears their young in a hard shell.
Mammal Any vertebrate having a body covered more or less with hair, nourish their young with milk from mammary glands, and give birth to live young.
Created by: cbolthouse