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Life Characteristics

An oak tree dropping an acorn that eventually get buried and germinate into a new tree describes this characteristic of life. All living things reproduce in some manner.
When you begin to sweat because you're hot, this is an example of which characteristic of life? All living thing try to maintain homeostasis or balance.
When an animal's fur is raised when it senses danger, this is which characteristic of life? All living thing respond to their environment
Things that are living or have once lived are known as this. Biotic factors
A plant undergoing photosynthesis is an example of which characteristic of life? All living organisms take in nutrients
What is true of the growth of all multi-cellular organisms? Organisms grow and develop by producing more cells NOT BIGGER CELLS
What is the purpose of cellular respiration? To turn nutrients into a form of energy the organism can use
A mouse running for safety from a hawk flying overhead would describe which characteristic of life? All living things respond to their environment
If an object appears to grow and reproduce but is not made of cells, would it be considered alive? No - for something to be alive it must show ALL seven characteristics of life. If it's missing just one - it would not be considered alive. Fire appears to grow and needs the nutrient oxygen but since it's NOT made of cells- it's not alive.
True or False - ALL living things must make their own food. False - only plants can make their own food through the process of photosynthesis.
Why do living organisms take in nutrients? To turn these nutrients into a usable form of energy through a process called cellular respiration.
Created by: connie.hambey