Living and Nonliving

Our first science mini-unit is about living and nonliving things. It's a great way to transition into our next unit about plants (we focus on apples). After teaching them about what makes something living and singing this song about it, we go outside and search for living and nonliving things. 

Students fill out this chart to help them decide if something is living or nonliving. We usually do this activity with our 4th grade buddies so they have help navigating through this chart. It's their first introduction to using this "scientific chart" to organize their information.

We also do this science experiment with mealworms. Each group has a tray will mealworms and some small rocks. We compared the two using magnifying glasses. Which moved? Which needs food and air? Which would grow? We fill this out together:

Here are two worksheets I use for an assessment. 

 Finally, we make this class book. Copy two sided, so each student does a page about living and nonliving things.

You can download this at my  TPT store

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  1. Looks exciting! I can't wait to try out the activities. Thanks so much for sharing this packet.

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  2. LOVE This!
    Thanks for sharing. I pinned it!
    Sharing Kindergarten

  3. My firsties will LOVE it! Thanks for being so generous, Sarah!

  4. Sarah! thanks so much for making this a freebie!! You rock!

  5. Love this ... we have been doing the same concept in Grade One too. (In Australia) We looked at living and non living things on the farm (for our farm unit) and I recently posted about how we catered for our extension students by investigating a micro habitat. It was a lot of fun!! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. This unit is GREAT!! I would love to see more like it!

  7. I would LOVE to see your apple unit too :)

  8. This unit is great. Thank you for a such a useful, child friendly freebie!

  9. I am not a teacher but I am teaching at a school for African refugees in Cairo, Egypt. This is wonderful material and the kids, who have nothing, will love it. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and your teaching gifts.

  10. Love it! Great ideas to get them thinking about the differences between living and nonliving.

  11. These are great! How can I print them? thanks