To kick off science, we do a living and nonliving mini-unit. It's a good lead-in to our apple unit coming up. Here are two activities that the kids really enjoy:
1. Searching for living and nonliving items on the playground.
We're always looking for an excuse to do science outside, especially while the weather is so nice! We do this activity after we've already read about living and nonliving things and learned a cute little song (by someone named Carol Ogden) to help us remember how to identify living vs. nonliving.
You can download this activity with directions here.
2. Living or nonliving experiment:
I did not create this experiment, but I did make the worksheet to go with it. This experiment is from our science program. I made the worksheet to go along with it to reinforce the scientific method.
Call students over in small groups to observe mealworms in a container with bran meal and some rocks. They really enjoy using magnifying glasses to really look closely at the worms. As they observe, they need to ask themselves if the mealworms and rocks are living. They use what they've already learned about living vs. nonliving to help them decide.
To see more from my Living and nonliving unit, click here.