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An elementary science lesson on classifying and understanding the diversity of living things.
 

LIVING AND NON-LIVING THINGS LESSON

 

A science teaching lesson on the characteristics and classification of living and non-living things. Includes printable teaching worksheets.

 

Elementary Science
living things, non-living things, natural things, man-made things
 

Learning Objective
After reading about living and non-living things students will be able to identify what is living and non-living in the world around them. Students will also be able to tell whether these things are natural or man-made.

Academic Language Focus
How to identify living and non-living things
Features of natural and man-made things
Similarities and differences between natural and living things.
 

Suggested Grades:

Adaptable to Kindergarten - 1st Grade - 2nd Grade - 3rd Grade

 

 

 

 
 

 

LIVING AND NON-LIVING LESSON PLAN

 

Key Vocabulary
living things, non-living things, natural things, man-made things

Lesson Materials
Rectangular Cardboard Piece
Blue Paint
Finger Paint/Craft Paint
Living and Non-Living Worksheet Printable
Glue
Cardboard (for cut-out star)
Sparkly Stars

 

Living and Non-Living Things Lesson Introduction
Read aloud from the worksheet Living and Non-Living Things. Older students can read directly from the worksheet lesson.  Have students discuss:

What is a living thing?
What is a non-living thing?

Ask your students how they can identify what is living and what is non-living. Use the following questions as a guide:

 

How do we know whether something is living or non-living?
What is the difference between something that is natural and something that is man-made?

 

Have students answer the questions after completing the reading on living and non-living things. Once everyone has answered the questions have students exchange papers and grade them. Go over each answer and encourage students to ask questions.

Some questions may have a similar answer so make sure to emphasize this allowing every child to give the answer they believe is correct.

Body
A game of knowledge that children at this age love to play is the "Magic Wand" game. Paint a rectangular piece of cardboard blue and glue some sparkle stars on it. Cut out a large cardboard star and paint it with craft paint or finger paint and glue it to one end.

Once the wand is finished, have each child take turns to touch things that are living and non-living and try to change them into the opposite. It is impossible to do. This will help in showing the difference when they use their imagination and then understand reality.

 

Closure
Have a discussion on why the students could not change the objects that were living to non-living and the non-living things to living. Emphasize that even a magic wand cannot change what is living and what is not living.

 

 

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Living and Non-Living Things Lesson

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Living and Non-Living Things Worksheet

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