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Characteristics of Life, Revisited

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 60 minutes.

Group Size:
Small Groups


This activity ties the cell organelles and organs/organ systems to the functions that they support.

Main Curriculum Tie:
SEEd - Grade 7 (2017)
Strand 7.3: Structure and Function of Life 7.3.3

Construct an explanation using evidence to explain how body systems have various levels of organization. Emphasize understanding that cells form tissues, tissues form organs, and organs form systems specialized for particular body functions. Examples could include relationships between the circulatory, excretory, digestive, respiratory, muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems. Specific organ functions will be taught at the high school level.



Background For Teachers:
Students have already determined the characteristics and functions common to all living things. This activity ties the cell organelles and organs/organ systems to the functions that they support. It is a good review or assessment after the class has covered the levels of organization of living things. The project can be done individually, but is also good to complete as partners.

Student Prior Knowledge:
characteristics of life, major cell organelles , and organism organs and organ systems

Instructional Procedures:

  1. To activate prior knowledge, brainstorm the characteristics of life as a large group and have students set up their own data table.
  2. Then choose one of the characteristics and have volunteers suggest organelles and organs that help provide those functions.
  3. Finally, have individuals or small groups complete the table.
  4. Have small groups share with other groups or in the whole group when finished.

Assessment Plan:
Scoring guide:

2 points for each correct inclusion in each box. Be sure to allow for unique answers that can be justified. Some suggested answers are included in the last page. 24 points total.

Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

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Created Date :
Oct 02 2014 14:36 PM