5 Characteristics of Life

5 Characteristics of Life

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  • They both are, son
  • Hey, are those flowers alive? What about that rabbit over there?
  • So what makes something "alive?"
  • Well, there are 5 characters of life. 1. It needs the energy to carry out its life processes. Those flowers need energy from the sun to grow.
  • 2. It is composed of one or more cells. Now, imagine if all of those boxes are little cells making up a part of that cow.  That cow is a multi-celled organism. There are also single-celled organisms with only one cell but those are alive too!
  • 3. It responds to its environment. If Sabrina shoves Mike, he will respond by being mad.
  • 4. It grows and reproduces. Living things grow and reproduce to make offspring. Then they grow up and have children themselves. For example, your mother and I grew from children to adults and  had you and your sisters. So we grew and reproduced ourselves.
  • 5. It maintains a stable internal environment. Terry in in the savannah where it is very hot so his body will regulate his temperature and heart rate etc. to maintain his internal environment to be safe for himself in his conditions. It's the same with Emily but instead, she is in a cold environment so her body will keep her warm.
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