IS IT LIVING OR NON-LIVING?: This lesson will help students explore the physical characteristics that determine whether an object is living or non-living.  Students will dive a little further into one of those characteristics (growing and changing) and connect that to various animal life cycles. (Most appropriate for grade levels K-2.)

Lesson Time: 55-75 minutes

Student Activity 1: This activity has students deciding if the object they’ve received from the volunteer is living or non-living. When they are sure, they can explain it to the class, and then place that object in the correct pile at the front of the room.

Student Activity 2: Students will have a brief discussion about different animal life cycles in this activity, and then will put together their own copy of the Butterfly life cycle. Students will need their scissors, and glue for this activity.

Group work: There is no group work in this activity, students will be working on their own.

Science Standards:
K.LS.1: Living things have specific characteristics and traits.
K.LS.2: Living things have physical traits and behaviors, which influence their survival.
1.LS.1: Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment.
1.LS.2: Living things survive only in environments that meet their needs.
2.LS.1: Living things cause changes on Earth.

Please see the Nature of Science document on our Lesson Standards page.