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Characteristics of Living Things

In this worksheet, students will answer questions about the characteristics common to living organisms - animals and plants. These are called the LIFE PROCESSES.

'Characteristics of Living Things' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Living Things and Their Habitats

Curriculum subtopic:   Things Living, Dead or Never Alive

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Living organisms are very diverse, meaning that they are different and varied. But although plants and animals look and behave very differently, they have characteristics in common.

 

Elephant Daisies 

 

An African elephant has a lot in common with a daisy plant! Think about all the animals and plants that you have learnt about. There are some things that they all need and some processes that they all carry out. In science, these are called the life processes:

 

Movement

Respiration

Sensitivity

Nutrition

Excretion

Reproduction

Growth

 

Plants and animals need oxygen. This gas is used by organisms to release the energy from food in the process called respiration.

Plants and animals are sensitive to their environment. The leaves of green plants respond to, and grow towards light. We respond to the world around us using our senses - sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste.

As plants and animals grow and turn food into energy, they produce waste. This process is called excretion.

 

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