Symbiosis, Commensalism, Mutualism, Parasitism, Mimicry Biology Worksheets and Notebook Pages

I have added new worksheets and other activities on symbiosis, commensalism, mutualism, parasitism, mimicry and similar topics to the Biology Packet today! In all, I added about 20 new pages, so the Biology Packet is now well over 100 pages! I also added in some matching review cards for how organisms derive their energy and nutrient requirements: herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, detritivores, decomposers as well as for the terms above.

I will be covering this material with my 10-year-old (5th grader) this semester and wanted to go over these biological relationship terms (and others) with her.

We will be starting with a general discussion of symbiosis, which is the interaction between two different organisms living close by one another.  Before we go into depth about the different relationships, we’ll look at symbiosis (in a general way) and mimicry (a defense mechanism).

symbiosis commensalism mutualism worksheets and activities

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From there, we’ll go into more detail about the different biological relationships:  This relationship can be helpful to both symbionts, helpful to one but neutral to the other, or helpful to one but harmful to the other.  One or both of the symbionts might entirely depend on each other for survival or they might generally live independently. And, we’ll go over the specific terms for these:

  • predation
  • parasitism
  • competition
  • antibiosis
  • commensalism
  • amensalism
  • mutualism

In this latest update, I added in some self-correcting review cards both for how organisms derive their energy and nutrient requirements: herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, detritivores, decomposers as well as for the terms above.

herbivore carnivore omnivore decomposer detritivor cardsDocumentaries that work well with this unit: In fact, the last time when we did this Biology Unit, we used the documentaries documented by David Attenborough: Life and Planet Earth.  The kids fell in love with David Attenborough’s narration… and the animal scenes are breath taking! Amazon’s description of Life: Four years in the making, filmed over 3000 days, across every continent and in every habitat, Life is the latest wildlife blockbuster from the BBC’s award-winning Natural History Unit.  We also wound up watching Planet Earth and Planet Earth 2 because the kids loved this material so much!  Any of these DVD would work well with the Biology Unit — Life, Planet Earth, Planet Earth 2. (affiliate links)

Note: Be sure to get the Life version that is narrated by David Attenborough!! Also, if you look around you can get these on Amazon Prime or get Life and Planet Earth together or Planet Earth and Planet Earth 2 together depending on what you are interested in. (affiliate links)

Life Planet Earth DocumentariesDocumentaries we are using this second time around: ED will be covering this material in conjunction with a study of the animals of the savanna (though the great thing about this material is you can study it with any animal relationships).

Since we watched those documentaries (above) the last time we did this unit, we are using some new material.  ED is going to do a study of animals of the African savanna.  I made a new packet of material for her on that (which I just added to the World Animals Packet). (My older two are also doing Biology, but they are using another program as well so they won’t be studying the African savanna.)

African Animals of the Savanna Worksheets and Notebook PagesThis time, we will be using BBC Atlas of the Natural World Set: Africa, Europe, Western Hemisphere, Antarctica  and Africa Eye to Eye with the Unknown (also produced by the BBC). (affiliate links)

Africa BBC DocumentariesDocumentary Film Note-Taking Page: I have a worksheet (on page 108 of the Biology Packet) that can be used with any documentary segment… asking students to look for examples of herbivores/carnivores/omnivores and also to look for some of the different types of biological relationships (mutualism/commensalism/predation, etc.). There’s also a place for interesting things they learned. I made this sheet partly because ED will be doing some of her work on her own while the other two are in a computer science class. 🙂 It can be used with any documentary (not just ones focused on Africa!)

Note: If you ordered the biology packet previously, be sure to check your PayPal email address for the latest update (it will give you the download link again). If you have any trouble finding that email, be sure to drop me an email and I can get that to you! I hope these new worksheets on Symbiosis, Commensalism, Mutualism and so forth are helpful! 🙂

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Just as a reminder, this Biology Packet covers

  • a discussion of the difference between biomes, ecosystems, and habitats
  • the three main climate zones
  • the abiotic factors of each biome —  ie. the physical, nonliving factors that shape an ecosystem
  • dominant animals and plants in each biome
  • feeding relationships — producers and consumers (autotrophs and heterotrophs).  And, we talked about the different feeding relationships: herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, detritivores and decomposers
  • biological interactions:
    • Amensalism
    • Predation
    • Competition
    • Antibiosis
    • Mutualism
    • Commensalism
    • Parasitism

Here are a few more pictures of material in this unit:

Biology Unit - biomes biological interactionsBiomes Worksheets and PicturesBiomes-Abiotic-Factors-WorksheetsBiomes-Dominant-Plants-Animals-Worksheets

Food Chain Food Web Food Pyramid Activties - Interactive Notebook PagesBiology-Food-Pyramid-Energy-PyramidEnergy Pyramid Interactive Notebook Activity

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In this unit, we started off by talking about why we classify things. We learned about the dichotomous key and did a number of activities to understand how they work. We talked about why classification is useful and how we can do that in a way that is organized and logical.

Scientific Classification- Dichotomous Key ActivitiesThen we went into more detail about the history of classification.  Scientists have been grouping and categorizing different species for most of human history. In the past 300 years or so, scientists have worked on developing a logical, organized system for classifying the species around us.

All living organisms are classified by their characteristics. We keep adding to and adjusting the classification system as new evidence become available through DNA research and molecular studies! We talked about Linnaeus and his contributions to the classification of animals and his system of naming organisms (binomial nomenclature).

History Scientific Classification - Linnaeus Notebook PagesWe talked about the current system of classification and by the end of the unit, the kids were readily able to identify the types of organisms that have been classified as Bryozoa, Platyhelminthes, Porifora and other phyla in the Animalia Kingdom.

Taxonomy-Scientific Classification-ActivitiesWe did a number of hands-on activities studying and observing various species and even did some simple dissections at the end of the unit.

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This unit is a study of the hydrosphere — Earth’s oceans, tides, marine life (including bioluminescent critters, and more!)

Ocean Unit Middle SchoolIn our ocean studies we explored

  • Marine Habitats
  • Water Form Words (bay, estuary, lagoon, fjord, etc.)
  • Features of the Ocean Floor (trench, seamount, guyot, etc.)
  • Ocean Navigation (early navigation with astrolabes & the constellations, modern SONAR)
  • Salinity
  • Ocean Currents (Surface & Deep Sea Currents)
  • Ocean Life:
    • Special Body Features
    • Fish Body Shape and Movement
    • Biological Interactions: Mutualism and Commensalism in the Ocean
    • Deep Sea Life – Bioluminescence, Anglerfish

We also talked about the ocean zones and different layers of the ocean again (which we covered three or four years ago).

Ocean worksheets marine habitats ocean features and more

Features-of-the-Ocean-Floor-WorksheetsOcean Zones - Layers of the Ocean ActivityFish-Body-Shape-Features-WorksheetsBioluminescence-Worksheets

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