Our Living and Non-Living Things Lesson Plan compares and contrasts living and non-living things, identifies characteristics of living and non-living things, and distinguishes between living and non-living things. Generalize understanding and engage critical thinking skills as students identify common living and non-living things that they cannot readily see within their environment.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Resources Snippet:
- Display a plant and a rock. Ask students: What is the difference between the two things?
- Allow for responses and discussion. List the students’ responses in two columns. One column for the rock, the other column for the plant.
- Introduce living and non-living things. Ask students for examples of each.
- Distribute Living and Non-Living Things content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the last question for the closing of the lesson. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Distribute the scissors, glue, construction paper, colored pencils. Allow students time to complete the activity.
- When all students have completed, ask volunteers to share their work. Prominently display the students’ work.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses. The answer key shows 9 living and non-living things each, but students may locate others.
- Ask students what thing may be living or non-living that they cannot see, such as worms in the ground, desks in the buildings, windows, etc.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
- In closing, ask students to share some of their favorite living and non-living things, and why they chose them as their favorite.
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.9, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.9, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.9
Class Sessions (45 minutes): 2 – 3 class sessions
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