Is it Alive?

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Interestingly enough, movement is not a characteristic of living things. The first activity in a series of 20 introduces learners to the concepts of living versus non-living things and then focuses on biologists and what they study. Through short readings and discussions, pupils determine the characteristics of life and examples of what biologists study.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Place learners in groups of two to three to complete the activity
  • Bring in examples of living and non-living things and allow pupils to handle the samples
Classroom Considerations
  • Activity is best for upper elementary through sixth graders
  • Activity is simple and requires no materials
  • There is a self-assessment at the end for scholars to determine if they achieved all five objectives
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