Discuss some of the characteristics that fire shares with living things
Choose a living organism, and explain how it illustrates each of the characteristics of life.
Research and describe an organism or cell in which all 8 characteristics are not obvious. For example, coral looks like it does not move, red blood cells do not reproduce and have no DNA, frogs freeze in the winter and it therefore seems as if they do not maintain homeostasis, and so on. Describe the missing feature, and explain how this organism still meets the criteria of a living thing.
Compare a living thing with a nonliving thing of your choice that has some of the characteristics that define life. For example, a car exhibits metabolism (burning gas and producing heat), a characteristic of life, but is not alive because it cannot reproduce.
Compare and contrast the following pairs based on the 8 characteristics that define life:
A rock and a snail
A lamp and a tree
Discuss some of the characteristics that fire shares with living things (it can grow, it metabolizes, and so on).