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 170 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).
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:
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.
More details about this Biology Packet and how to purchase it:
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:
- New Material: About 50 pages were added to the latest update and includes new materials about population and population growth.
Here are a few more pictures of material in this unit:
This 170+ page packet is $8.99 and contains all the materials mentioned above and the new material on populations and population growth.
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Biology Packet on the Biosphere: Biomes, Ecosystems, Habitats, Feeding Relationships, Biological Interactions and More!
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Documentaries 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)
Documentaries 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.)
This 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)
Documentary 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!)
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Biology: Cell Unit
Cell Unit: (Now more than 150 pages) The Cells Unit covers cell theory, prokaryotic vs. eukaryotic cells, animal vs. plant cells, the organelles of the cell, and now goes into more detail about chloroplast anatomy, the layers of a leaf, photosynthesis, and more.
Biology: Botany Unit
Botany Packet — Plant Classification, Life Cycle of the Moss, Fern, Conifer, Angiosperms, Parts of a Flower, Parts of a Seed, Seed & Fruit Development, Monocots vs Dicots – plus Carnivorous Plants Mini-Unit
Biology: Scientific Classification and Taxonomy Unit
Scientific Classification and Taxonomy Packet: (Newly updated and now over 100 pages)
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.
Then 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).
We 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.
Biology: Ocean Unit
This unit is a study of the hydrosphere — Earth’s oceans, tides, marine life (including bioluminescent critters, and more!)
In our ocean studies we explored
- Marine Habitats
- Coral Reefs
- Tide Pools
- 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)
- Tides (and the phases of the moon)
- 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).
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