Unit Plan

Living or Nonliving

This Living or Nonliving unit plan also includes:

It's alive! Or is it? Through a series of shared readings, whole class activities, and independent exercises children explore the difference between living and non-living things, creating a pair of printable books to demonstrate their learning.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Implement the included learning activities as small group learning centers during a life science unit on the primary grade levels
  • Allow children to cut out pictures from magazines to illustrate their printable books
  • Laminate the pictures, game board, and life cycle cards, allowing them to be used with students year after year
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson series is meant to accompany a series of paperback science books, which may need to be purchased if copies cannot be found in your school or local public library
  • Includes templates for creating mini-books about living and non-living things
  • Offers a variety of additional activities that extend learning about living things
  • Provides a set of pictures for children to sort as they learn about the difference between living and nonliving things
  • A list of additional resources is provided with other books and websites about living things 
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