UEN Security Office
Technical Services Support Center (TSSC)
Eccles Broadcast Center
101 Wasatch Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 585-6105 (fax)
This activity will help students to recognize characteristics of living and nonliving items within an environment.
Sorting is a common procedure in classification. Science has often used visual sorting as a system to first classify items in order to understand how they work the way they do. Students will be visually sorting and looking for common characteristics and differences starting with dry beans. This activity will aid the students to look for details in each bean and then transfer this type of sorting to recognize characteristics of living and nonliving items within an environment.
1. Use Scientific Process and Thinking Skills.
3. Understand Science Concepts and Principles.
Invitation to Learn
The instructor will write on chalkboard or put up word strips, Living & Nonliving. The instructor will also have picture cards of approximately 12 to 15 items. Instructor asks, Can you students help to visually identify these items and place them into two groups? One group are living things, the second group are nonliving things. Where should I place this example?
Curriculum Extensions/Adaptations/ Integration
Newton, L.D. (June 2002). Questions that help children understand Elementary Science. Investigating, Volume 18 (Issue 2), Page 6-9
It is vital to any lesson taught that the learner comes away having learned the concept. Many teachers ask questions as a form of assessment and to guide them in how the lesson should proceed. Teachers need to ask the right questions to make a difference. Some questions are interesting, but are they worthwhile? If carefully tailored, questions can be a very effective strategy.