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7th Science Characteristics of Living Things

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Responds to Environment
One of the 6 characteristics of all living things. Organisms do this through homeostasis (maintaining balance) and Adaptation (changing to survive in their environment)
Made of Cells
One of the 6 characteristics of all living things. This is the smallest unit of life and is the basic building block of all living things.
Uses Energy
One of the 6 characteristics of all living things. Organisms use this to grow, repair injuries, and make more cells.
Grows and Develops
One of the 6 characteristics of all living things. Organisms will just get bigger but basically look like the parent and/or go through stages where the adult looks different than the baby.
Reproduces
One of the 6 characteristics of all living things. This happens either Sexually where two parents contribute DNA to the offspring or Asexually where one parent creates offspring that is genetically identical to itself.
Unicellular
Made of a single cell
Multicellular
Consisting of many cells
Homeostasis
Maintaining of a stable internal environment by an organism. Example: temperature
Made of similar chemicals
All living things contain carbs, fat, protein, water, and DNA
Food
Organisms need this for energy.
Water
The most abundant chemical in cells. It can dissolve more chemicals than any other substance.
Living Space
All organisms need a place to live that is appropriate for them.
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