I showed them pictures of different things and asked them to tell me if it was living it non living and how did they know.
Some were easy to determine. I showed a picture if a car, a table, a stuffed bear. Easy! Non living. The hard part was verbalizing why.
They said " because it's not alive". I asked, What would make it alive?
It doesn't eat, if doesn't have legs, and it doesn't have a heart beat.
Ok, now we are getting somewhere. One of the pictures was a flower. They were mixed on this. They wet confused. They had just said you had to have legs and a heart beat to be alive but the knew plants were alive.
I loved hearing their thinking.
Then it was said that some people are Nonliving, because they are dead. (Oh the things 5 & 6 year olds will say.
So I said I had a dog named Bella. Bella died in September. Bella was living at one time so she cannot be Nonliving. Nonliving things can't die.
We talked and come up with what makes something living. There was in characteristics they couldn't figure out so I had to add reproduce. I explained it as animals have babies and plants use seeds to make new plants.
For example, tables do not make new tiny little tables but a dog can have puppies.
I googled lots of lessons and found some great ideas on kindergartenkindergarten 😊. I love all the resources that are out there now.
Next we filled out out chart to determine if the items were living or non living.
For our next activity we read, Living and Nonliving and then drew a picture of something that is living and something that is non living.
A person/a car
We watched a video on Discovery Learning called Living and Nonliving.
After it was over we went over the characteristics that makes something living or nonliving.
I gave each child 2 pictures and they answered questions to determine their picture is living or nonliving.
We compared frogs and gummy frogs !