This powerpoint teaches the characteristics of living things including growth and development, reproduction, response to environment, and organization. A section called Living or Not? allows students to hypothesis whether the object pictured is a living thing. A focus lab called Is a Candle Living? is used to introduce students to thinking about what makes something alive. A next generation question allowing students to write a constructed response is included as a ending or follow up. A notes worksheet that accompanies the powerpoint is available in my store. The worksheet is called Characteristics of Living Things Notes Sheet.