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10/06/2005 07:04:39 PM · #26
a simple answer..

animals eat their food
plants make their food (.. no not cook!!)
minerals don't need food..

10/06/2005 08:04:34 PM · #27
Originally posted by grahamp:

a simple answer..

animals eat their food
plants make their food

Venus Flytrap?

"Plants" as diverse as fungi and mistletoe "eat" -- obtain nutrients pre-formed directly from other organisms, either alive or dead.

Slime molds, when they run out of nutrients where they are, form up into little marching globules and wander off in search of new "prey."
10/06/2005 08:06:57 PM · #28
Originally posted by sacredspirit:

That game will give you some pretty vulger answers. Careful. I wanted to test the darned little thing so I thought of some nasty stuff, and some illegal stuff, I done it 3 times and the darned thing answered. It didn't only answer it, but it talks slang as well. Me, and the wife laughed for a week about that thing, and its answers. I couldn't believe it answered.


Yeah it's quite freaky how often it gets it right!!! Thanks for all the ideas people it will help simplify for my daughter
10/06/2005 09:04:47 PM · #29
Wikipedia:
Aristotle divided all living things between plants, which generally do not move or have sensory organs, and animals.
In Linnaeus' system, these became the Kingdoms Vegetabilia (later Plantae) and Animalia. Since then, it has become clear that the Plantae as originally defined included several unrelated groups, and the fungi and several groups of algae were removed to new kingdoms. However, these are still often considered plants in many contexts. Indeed, any attempt to match "plant" with a single taxon is doomed to fail, because plant is a vaguely defined concept unrelated to the presumed phylogenic concepts on which modern taxonomy is based.

.. so back to the "simple" answer.. for the eight year old.. (without being "doomed to failure"...)

animals have independent locomotion and sensory organs
plants generally have no independent locomotion nor sensory organs... (and there are some exceptions...)

.. but for me the food one works pretty well! (Can a venus fly trap live without photosynthesis?)

science ... like the rules of spelling, has exceptions!
10/06/2005 09:20:18 PM · #30
ok, i'm 14, i think i'm the closest to understanding how a 9 year old thinks... animals are the cute fluffy things you alwayse want your mom to buy you in the pet store. Vegatables, especialy green ones, as far as you are concerned, should never touch your plate. And think of minerals as the salt you put on your vegatables, which end up being spread around your plate... come on people, were not explaining atom fusion to the encylcopedia Britanica! lol
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