Living / Non-living Sorting

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Living Non-living Sorting
Science - Biology
Living nonliving 1.JPG
LevelPrimary
Age3.5
Materialslabels: "Living" & "Non-Living"
pictures or models of living things
pictures or models of non-living things

In this activity the child sorts items based on whether they represent living or non-living things. The purpose is to teach the child the difference between living and non-living things.

Presentation

Explain to the child or group of children the attributes of living things:

  • They use energy
  • They grow and develop
  • They reproduce
  • They respond to their environments
  • They adapt and evolve
  1. Take the material to a mat or table.
    Living nonliving 1.JPG
  2. Set all items into the center cup.
  3. Select one item at a time.
  4. Place it into the living or non-living cup.
  5. Continue until all items are sorted.
    Living nonliving 2.JPG

Points of Interest

Control of Error

Variations and Extensions

Include once-living things

Material

You could use either pictures or models for this lesson.

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