Each year we begin our study by looking at what makes living things different from non-living things. These are called the characteristics of life.

Although each species has its own characteristics, their own systems to maintain homeostasis, all living organisms have several very general characteristics in common.

The Characteristics of ALL Life
1.One or More Cells that contain DNA
3.Grows and Develops
4.Responds to it's Environment
5.Needs Energy for Metabolism
6. Evolves

Below is a power point I have used in previous years to explain the Characteristics of Life.