The first two weeks of school are spent presenting the basic information that the rest of the year will be based on. This information includes the 6 Essential Elements for Life and why they are so essential. The single most important element is Carbon. Carbon is the basis for virtually EVERY function of our bodies! Without Carbon life on earth simply would not exist! We are known as Carbon based life-forms afterall! Then we will talk about the 7 Characteristics of Life. An organism must meet ALL 7 in order to be considered alive. These two topics will be revisited throughout the school year so this is an important chapter to start with!