group organisms into categories, using their characteristics: plants (vascular and nonvascular) and animals (vertebrates or invertebrates). Name and describe two common examples of each group.
- Living Systems
The student will investigate and understand that organisms are made of one or more cells and have distinguishing characteristics that play a vital role in the organism’s ability to survive and thrive in its environment. Key concepts include a) basic cell structures and functions; b) classification of organisms using physical characteristics, body structures, and behavior of the organism; and c) traits of organisms that allow them to survive in their environment.