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Life Science: Needs of Living Things
by Texas Instruments - Simulation Lesson


  • Students will describe and identify the survival needs for both plants and animals.
  • Students will simulate what will happen to a population when limiting factors in its environment are manipulated.
  • Students will match an animal with its appropriate feeding type, water requirements, and living space.
  • Students will analyze the impact humans have had on different environments.


  • Biomes
  • Carnivore
  • Herbivore
  • Limiting Factors
  • Autotroph

About the Lesson

In this lesson, students will analyze the different limiting factors that allow an organism to thrive in a particular environment.

As a result, students will:

  • Understand that there are different biomes on Earth, each with its own unique limiting factors which provide specific species what they need to survive.
  • Manipulate environmental factors and analyze what happens to a population if placed in an unsuitable environment.
  • Evaluate the impact humans have had on different biomes.