• last revised: August 27, 2016

1. Introduction

The scope of what’s studied in biology is very broad. Here are some examples.

  • Molecular biologists study molecules such as DNA or proteins.
  • Nephrologists focus on the workings and diseases of one organ, the kidney.
  • Ecologists study ecosystems: the interactions between the living things and non-living things in a specific area.

In between molecules, organs, and ecosystems, there are other levels as well.

2. Levels of Biological Organization: Vocabulary Matching

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[h]Levels of Biological Organization: Vocabulary Matching

[i]Drag the terms to the right place in the pictures and tables that follow.

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The table below describes these levels of biological organization, starting from the smallest level (molecules), and moving all the way to the entire planet. Use logic and prior knowledge to drag the choices into the right spot.

Level Definition/ explanation Example
Molecule A group of ______ that are chemically bonded together. DNA
__________ A specialized part within a cell The nucleus of a cell
Cell The _________________. Nerve cell
Tissue A group of ______________ that perform a similar function Muscle tissue
_________ A group of tissues joined as a unit to perform a function Stomach
Organ system A group of organs joined as a unit to perform a function ___________________
_________ An individual member of a species. A distinct, independent living thing A coyote
Population A _________________ of the same species, living in the same area. Coyotes in the Yosemite National Park
Community The interacting, living populations that live in the same area. _______________ (plants, animals, fungi, bacteria) in Yosemite
Ecosystem A community of living organisms, and the non-living parts of their ___________ (energy, soil, air) The Yosemite park community, plus its energy, soil, etc.
Biosphere The zone of life on planet ________. The sum of all of the ecosystems on Earth. The Earth’s biosphere (it’s the only biosphere yet discovered)

[l]All the populations

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[l]atoms

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[l]basic unit of life

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[l]Digestive system

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[l]Earth

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[l]environment

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[l]group of organisms

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[l]Organ

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[l]Organelle

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[f*] Excellent!

[l]organism

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[l]specialized cells

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  1. A cell in a leaf doing photosynthesis:
    ___________________________
  2. A redwood tree:
    ___________________________
  3. Chlorophyll:
    ___________________________
  4. Chloroplast:
    ___________________________
  5. Leaf:
    ___________________________
  6. Planet earth:
    ___________________________
  7. Roots, stems, and veins in leaves that deliver water to leaf cells:
    ___________________________
  8. The cells on top of a leaf that secrete wax to prevent water loss:
    ___________________________
  9. The community of organisms in redwood national park, plus the energy flowing into the park, the air, water, soil, etc.:
    ___________________________
  10. The redwood forest, including all the plants, animals, and other organisms:
    ___________________________
  11. The redwood trees in Redwood National Park:
    ___________________________

[l]Molecule

[fx] No, that’s not correct.  Please try again.

[f*] Correct!

[l]Organelle

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[l]Cell

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[f*] Good!

[l]Tissue

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[f*] Good!

[l]Organ

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[f*] Excellent!

[l]Organ system

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[f*] Good!

[l]Organism

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[f*] Great!

[l]Population

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[f*] Excellent!

[l]Community

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[f*] Good!

[l]Ecosystem

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[f*] Good!

[l]Biosphere

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[f*] Excellent!

[q]

  1. A nerve cell:
    ______________________________
  2. A protein that stimulates nerve cells to send impulses:
    ______________________________
  3. A wolf:
    ______________________________
  4. All of the ecosystems on planet Earth:
    ______________________________
  5. All of the wolves in Yellowstone:
    ______________________________
  6. The brain, the nerves, and sensory organs (skin, eyes, ears):
    ______________________________
  7. The entire brain:
    ______________________________
  8. The nerve cells on the outer layer of the brain:
    ______________________________
  9. The nucleus of a nerve cell:
    ______________________________
  10. The wolves, all the other animals, the plants of Yellowstone Park.
    ______________________________
  11. The Yellowstone community, plus the energy, water, air, soil, etc.
    ______________________________

[l]Molecule

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[l]Organelle

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[l]Cell

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[f*] Correct!

[l]Tissue

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[f*] Correct!

[l]Organ

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[f*] Correct!

[l]Organ system

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[f*] Great!

[l]Organism

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[f*] Good!

[l]Population

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[f*] Great!

[l]Community

[fx] No.  Please try again.

[f*] Excellent!

[l]Ecosystem

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[f*] Great!

[l]Biosphere

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[f*] Good!

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[l]biosphere

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[l]cell

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[f*] Correct!

[l]community

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[f*] Good!

[l]ecosystem

[fx] No, that’s not correct.  Please try again.

[f*] Excellent!

[l]molecule

[fx] No.  Please try again.

[f*] Excellent!

[l]organ

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[l]organelle

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[f*] Correct!

[l]organism

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[f*] Correct!

[l]organ system

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[f*] Great!

[l]population

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[f*] Good!

[l]tissue

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[f*] Great!

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[l]biosphere

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[l]cell

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[f*] Good!

[l]community

[fx] No.  Please try again.

[f*] Excellent!

[l]ecosystem

[fx] No.  Please try again.

[f*] Correct!

[l]molecule

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[f*] Correct!

[l]organ

[fx] No.  Please try again.

[f*] Good!

[l]organelle

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[f*] Good!

[l]organism

[fx] No.  Please try again.

[f*] Great!

[l]organ system

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[f*] Great!

[l]population

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[f*] Good!

[l]tissue

[fx] No, that’s not correct.  Please try again.

[f*] Correct!

[q]

[l]biosphere

[fx] No.  Please try again.

[f*] Good!

[l]community

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[f*] Great!

[l]ecosystem

[fx] No, that’s not correct.  Please try again.

[f*] Good!

[l]organism

[fx] No, that’s not correct.  Please try again.

[f*] Good!

[l]population

[fx] No, that’s not correct.  Please try again.

[f*] Excellent!

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3. Levels of Biological Organization Flashcards

These flashcards will help you master the vocabulary associated with the levels of biological organization

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[q]A group of atoms that are chemically bonded together is a _________.

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[a]A group of atoms that are chemically bonded together is a molecule.

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[q]A specialized part within a cell is a(n) ____________.
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[a]A specialized part within a cell is an organelle.

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[q]The basic unit of life is the __________.
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[a]The basic unit of life is the cell

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[q]A group of specialized cells that perform a similar function is a(n) ___________.
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[a]A group of specialized cells that perform a similar function is a tissue.

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[q]A group of tissues joined as a unit to perform a function is a(n) ___________.
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[a]A group of tissues joined as a unit to perform a function is an organ.

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[q]A group of organs joined as a unit to perform a function is a(n) ___________.
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[a]A group of organs joined as a unit to perform a function is an organ system

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[q]A distinct living thing is a(n) ___________.

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[a]A distinct living thing is an organism

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[q]A group of organisms of the same species, living in the same area is a(n) ___________.

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[a]A group of organisms of the same species, living in the same area is a population

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[q]The interacting, living populations, that live in the same area is a(n) ___________.

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[a]The interacting, living populations, that live in the same area is a community

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[q]A community of living organisms, and their non-living parts of their environment (energy, soil, air) is a(n) ___________.

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[a]A community of living organisms, and their non-living parts of their environment (energy, soil, air) is an ecosystem.

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[q]The zone of life on planet Earth. The sum of all of the ecosystems on Earth is the ___________.
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[a]The zone of life on planet Earth. The sum of all of the ecosystems on Earth is the biosphere

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