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03 Grade Science Fusion Unit 3 Vocabulary

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life cycle
The stages that a living thing passes through as it grows and changes.
germinate
To start to grow.
flower
The part of a flowering plant that produces seeds.
reproduce
To make more living things of the same kind.
cone
A part of some nonflowering plants where seeds form.
pollen
A powder-like material that plants need to make seeds.
pollination
The transfer of pollen from the male structures to the female structures of seed plants.
spore
A reproductive structure made by seedless plants, including mosses and ferns.
metamorphosis
A phase in the life cycle of many animals during which they undergo major changes in body form.
tadpole
A young frog that comes out of an egg and has gills to take in oxygen from the water.
larva
The stage between egg and pupa in complete metamorphosis in insects.
pupa
The stage of complete metamorphosis in which an insect changes from a larva to an adult.
adaptation
Trait or characteristic that helps an organism survive.
camouflage
The coloring, marking, or other physical appearance of an organism that helps it blend in with its surroundings.
mimicry
An adaptation in which a harmless animal looks like an animal that is poisonous or that tastes bad, so that predators avoid it.
behavior
The way an organism usually acts in a certain situation.
learned behavior
A behavior that an animal doesn't begin life with but develops as a result of experience or by observing other animals.
instinct
An inherited behavior of an animal that helps it meet its needs.
migration
To travel from one place to another and back again.
hibernate
To go into a deep, sleeplike state for winter.