Classifying Living and Non-living Things
Living things reproduce
The Suriname sea toad takes motherhood to the extreme to protecting her eggs under her own skin. When these eggs are ready to hatch, young frog break out from under the skin of her back, leaving her back littered with craters.
Living things grow
Bees have a four-stage life cycle. They develop from an egg, to a larva, to a pupa before finally becoming an adult!
Living things respond to changes
Lizards drop their tails in response to danger. When they feel threatened, they break off their own tails which continue to wriggle, distracting predators and allowing them to escape!
Living things need air to survive
Animals have different ways of obtaining air from their surroundings – some have gills while others have lungs but the sea spider takes in air through tiny pores in its exoskeleton!
Living things need food to survive
Animals move from place to place to hunt for food.
Living things move by themselves
Which animals move in obvious ways, from place to place, plants can also move by themselves – although in subtler ways! The touch-me-not balsam plant moves by itself when the petals of its flower unfold as it blooms and when its fruit splits open with an explosive force, dispersing its seeds!