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7 Characteristics of Living Things Worksheet

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Living organisms or things are defined by a set of characteristics that distinguish them from non-living things. These characteristics include cell organization, metabolism, homeostasis, growth and development, response to stimuli, reproduction, and adaptation.

In this article, we will discuss the 7 characteristics of living things in easy terms. 

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What are Living Things?

Living things are the foundation of biological diversity and the basis of ecosystems. They come in all shapes and sizes, from tiny single-celled organisms to massive trees and whales. Understanding what makes living things different from non-living things is important for appreciating and protecting the natural world. Seven characteristics define what it means to be a living organism.

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organ system
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All living things need food for their survival. So, they depend directly or indirectly upon each other. A group of same type of organisms or species makes up to be a population. And all of a certain population in a one place is said to be a community.

Ecosystem means a group of communities living together in harmony which has all living beings and non living beings.

Different kinds of ecosystems sum up to make the biosphere.

What are the seven characteristics of a living organism?

  • Cells make up all living things.
  • Eating / growing and developing.
  • We all need Energy.
  • Living things reproduce and give birth to young ones.
  • We respond to stimuli to changes in their surroundings.
  • Living beings are able to move.(movement happens both internally and externally).
  • All living beings breathe.
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Check Point

Give one word answer for the following:

  1. What are living beings made of?
  2. What are a group of atoms called?
  3. What do organisms depend mainly on?
  4. What is a population together called?
  5. Where does the ecosystem live?
Answer Key
  1. Cells
  2. Molecules
  3. Food
  4. Community
  5. Biosphere

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are living things?

Living things are organisms that have the ability to grow, reproduce, and respond to their environment.

What is the difference between living and non-living things?

Living things have the ability to grow, reproduce, and respond to their environment, while non-living things do not have these abilities.

What are the characteristics of living things?

Living things have cells, require energy, reproduce, grow and develop, respond to stimuli, and have the ability to adapt to their environment.

What is the difference between a vertebrate and an invertebrate?

Vertebrates are animals that have a backbone, while invertebrates are animals that do not have a backbone.

What is the difference between an herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore?

Herbivores are animals that only eat plants, carnivores are animals that only eat other animals, and omnivores are animals that eat both plants and animals.

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