Living and Nonliving Things
The student is expected to sort and classify living and nonliving things based upon whether or not they have basic needs and produce offspring.
The student knows that the living environment is composed of relationships between organisms and the life cycles that occur.
Characteristics of Living Organisms: University of Leicester (website) - Overview created for elementary teachers about the characteristics that most biologists accept as being common to all living things.
Wildlife’s Requirements for Survival: Texas Parks and Wildlife (PDF) - General information about the three basic things that all animals need to survive: food, water and shelter.
Living and Non-Living: Kindergarten, Kindergarten (website) - Use a downloadable power point to help students distinguish living versus non-living things. The website providers several student worksheets as downloadable PDF's.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Get a Life - Bottle Biology: Annenberg Media (website) - Students test their ideas about what is living and what is non-living by creating tiny habitats strung together as a necklace.
An Authentic Lesson on Living and Non-living Things: Bright Hub (website) - Students discuss, sort and classify living organisms and non-living objects based on their properties.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Animals’ Needs: BioEd Online (website) - Observe a worm model and a live worm, create worm terrariums, and observe worms over time.
Science Projects for Second Grade: Living and Non-Living Guide: Bright Hub (website) - Students use their notebooks to find and record observations of living organisms and nonliving objects.
Websites for “What Are Living and Nonliving Things?” SciLinks (website) - Links to many lessons that teach core concepts such as why living things need air, water, soil, and light, and what happens if living organisms do not get these things.
Living and Non-living Things Worksheets: Have Fun Teaching (PDF) - Have students cut out and sort images of common living and nonliving things.
Resources and the Environment - Assessments: BioEd Online (website) - Assessment activity for use before and after teaching a unit about resources and the environment, focusing on resources and the environment and designed to evaluate student’s knowledge of the origins of natural and designed resources.
The Rabbit Handbook. Parker, Karen (ISBN-13: 978-0764142536)
The Velveteen Rabbit. Williams-Bianco, Margery (ISBN-13: 978-0761458487)
Is It Living or Nonliving? Rissman, Rebecca (ISBN-13: 978-1432922726)
What is a Living Thing? Kalman, Bobbie (ISBN-13: 978-0865058910)
I am a Living Thing. Kalman, Bobbie (ISBN-13: 978-0778732532)
Ourselves: BBC Bitesize (website) - In this game students determine if the objects on the screen are living or non-living.
Living and Non Living Things: Mixbook (website) - This short interactive book may be used to introduce the concept of living organisms and non-living objects.
Living and Non-living Things: MillePrime Education Services e-learning for Primary Science (website) - Explanation of concepts related to living and non-living things on a primary level.
Is it Alive? Ohio Department of Education (PDF) - Students identify characteristics of living and non-living things, and use vocabulary to describe things with which they interact on a daily basis.