Lesson Plan

Is it Living?

Through visual and auditory activities, students will get to learn about characteristics of living and nonliving things and be able to classify them on their own.
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Students will be able to compare and contrast living and nonliving things.


(10 minutes)
Is It Living?
  • Place a rock and the small animal on a table in the front of your class. If you don't have a live animal, you can use a plant or a picture of an animal to represent the living creature.
  • Tell the students that they are going to explore what makes something living today. Explain to the students that there are two objects on the table. One is living, and one is not living.
  • Ask the students to tell you which one is living, and which one is not living.
  • Write the names of the two items on the board and write "living" and "nonliving" under the appropriate item.
  • Explain that you're going to read a story to the students and that afterward, they're going to make a chart of nonliving and living things.