This unit is mainly taught using our text.  See our curriculum sheets for additional information.

Central Questions

  • How are groups of living things classified?
  • How do life cycles of living things differ?
  • How do living things obtain and use energy?
  • In what ways are living things adapted to survive in their environment?
  • What effects has technology had on the Earth's surface and resources?
  • Compare and classify organisms in terms of observable body parts and characteristics.
  • Describe vertebrate in terms of observable body parts and characteristics.
  • Describe life cycles of familiar plants, vertebrates, and invertebrates.
  • Compare and contrast food, energy, and environmental needs of similar organism.
  • Explain how physical and/or behavioral characteristics of organisms help them to survive in their environments.
  • Demonstrate means to recycle manufactured materials and a disposition towards recycling.

Lesson Plans/Units

Organisms within Ecosystems  Unit Plan from the Sample Core Curriculum for Michigan Schools

Online Activities/Projects/Background Information

Classification in the Animal Kingdom

Classifying Critters

Animal Diversity Web

Really Wild

Dinosaur Data and Fossil Facts



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