Instructional Video

Characteristics of Life

What makes a living thing, well, living? Explore the many characteristics of living things through an animated video. Science scholars become acquainted with the obvious and not-so-obvious traits exhibited by organisms, then learn that not every organism has every characteristic.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Include the resource in your week one biology or life science plan
  • Follow up with an engaging video describing the weird world of viruses
Classroom Considerations
  • Plan to spend a little time after the video talking about viruses, especially if you haven't covered them in class yet
  • The narrator does a fantastic job of describing each characteristic in student-friendly terms
  • Resource is a great choice for biology beginners that may have little prior knowledge of cells, feedback loops, and evolution
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