Here is a freebie for you. This is a PowerPoint on the characteristics of life. It is 11 slides that are bright, colorful, and contain some pretty cool pictures. Use this in grades 4 and higher as an introduction to any life science unit. It is a great first day of school attention grabber.
Wonderful! This is a clear, set of slides that explain/define all of the characteristics considered necessary for an organism to be considered alive (or alive at one time). It provides excellent examples, and addresses the visual, conceptual, and multi-grade level learners. Thank you for another exceptional teaching tool!
The pictures are beautiful, Amy! Even though this is science, I think anyone can somehow incorporate this into their lesson. I see many ways to have my students write about nature and the importance of maintaining biodiversity--which is a theme in one of our novel units. Thanks for sharing this!