October 4, 2015
by Alexandra Parlamas

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Identifying Living and Nonliving Things

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Students will be able to classify objects as living and nonliving. Students will be able to identify what living things need to survive.

(5 minutes)
  • Ask the class if they are living or nonliving.
  • Ask students if their pets at home are living or nonliving.
  • Ask students to identify what they need to survive. Write "food," "water," "shelter," and "air" on the board.
  • Explain to students that today they will be learning about living and nonliving things.
(10 minutes)
(10 minutes)
  • Read students the story What's Alive.
  • Then, sing the following song together to the tune of Frere Jacques:
    It is living!
    It is living!
    I know why!
    I know why!
    It eats and breathes and grows,
    It eats and breathes and grows,
    It's alive!
    It's alive!
(15 minutes)
  • Now, place two hula hoops on the ground and present the class with various living and nonliving objects.
  • Have each student come to the hula hoops and place objects in the hula hoop in either the living or the nonliving category. For example, give students a banana, a truck, and a plant and ask which one is alive.
  • Continue until every student has had a chance.
  • Enrichment: Have students in need of enrichment draw objects on a paper that are living.
  • Support: Read additional books about living and nonliving things to students who are struggling with the concept.
  • Assessment should be based on how students do in the sorting activity.
(10 minutes)
  • Have each student go around the room and find a nonliving object.

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