This is a 5-day Interactive Notebook unit to teach the difference between living and non-living things. It also includes ideas for hands-on activities.
This is a set of Interactive Notebooks pages to teach the difference between living and non-living things.
A 5-day lesson plan is included.
Students begin by creating Interactive Notebook pages that serve as personal Anchor Charts to help them remember how to distinguish between living and non-living things.
Next, the class works together to observe and distinguish between real life objects. Then, the students are divided into groups to actually investigate for themselves. Finally, in the assessment, students, individually, use the same techniques that they have practiced throughout the week.
The following National Science Standards are used:
4CLS 1 Characteristics of Organisms
4CLS 1.1 Needs or Organisms
Since I teach in AZ, I have also included the relevant AZ standards.
Strand-> Life Science
Concept 3: Organisms and Environments
PO 1: Identify the living and nonliving components of an ecosystem
Beyond the standards, this unit also begins to teach the Scientific Method slowly, by teaching students exactly how to observe (the first step in the process).
Also, it integrates the following Common Core Standards:
Produce simple, compound and complex sentences.
After making observations, students are guided to create statements, as directed in this objective, by using sentence frames.
“I Can” Objective: “I can identify and write statements about living and non-living things”
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