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Students will be able to identify what is living and nonliving in the world around them.
Your students may have trouble distinguishing between living, nonliving, and once‐living things. Children may consider everything that moves to be alive, including cars and clouds. Often children pretend that objects are alive so that they can talk to them. Children also have difficulty comparing once‐living objects with objects that have never lived. Living and nonliving scientific terms. Children are accustomed to hearing living or dead. By exploring various objects, students will be able to distinguish between things that are living, things that were once‐living, and things that are nonliving.
Characteristics of living things are: able to grow, reproduce (make more organisms like itself), eat and drink, move, and are made of cells. To be alive, an object must do all five.
a. Identify characteristics of living things (i.e. growth, movement, reproduction. b. Identify characteristics of nonliving things.
Invitation to Learn:
Read Is It a Living Thing? Introducing Living Things to the students.
Classifying Living and Nonliving
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