Living and Non-Living Things

These past few weeks we have been working on Living and Non-Living things during science.

We began with a simple Shared Reading poem to help them remember the basics:

The Living Song:

It is living!

It is living!

I know why!

I know why!

It eats and breathes and grows.

It eats and breathes and grows.

It’s alive!

It’s alive!

I do not know where this song originally came from, I have seen it all over the place. It was really effective, and the students loved singing it since it was so easy to remember.

We also did a Write the Room activity that had the children finding 12 pictures, writing down what they found and determining if it was living or non-living. They had a blast doing it, and did a great job explaining their thinking. Get that activity here!


We also turned our sand table into a Living and Non-Living sorting activity. I placed various objects in the sand, and the students had to find them all and sort them either into the ‘Living’ or the ‘NonLiving’ bucket. Again, this was a great opportunity for the students to talk about their thinking and really think about each thing and what makes them alive or not.


Some things that I placed in the sand table:

  • dinosaur
  • rhinoceros
  • ladybug
  • flowers
  • gorilla
  • pumpkin
  • leaves
  • pine cones
  • gems
  • buttons
  • cars
  • rocks

We will also be doing a writing prompt (keep an eye out for that coming out in a few weeks! It will be a free printable!)!



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