Friday, March 14, 2014

N for Nonliving

See what we did for other letters in the Alphabet in Simple Science.

N for Nonliving
Science Notebook Page (Click the picture to print).

First we talked about what the words living and nonliving mean.  Living things move, grow, need water, eat, make waste, and have babies.  Nonliving need people to move them and cannot do any of the things.  We read a book that explained it pretty well and talked about a lot of examples.

Is it Living or Nonliving?

Living and Nonliving cards (print them here)

It was hard for me to come up with something that was very hands on for this topic.  Instead I printed up a bunch of cards with various items and had Xander sort things into two pies.  I asked him why he put each card where he did.  Luckily, he thought it was fun.

Living and Nonliving Concept Map

I decided to try a concept map with this topic. Graphic organizers are wonderful for developing understanding, but I wasn't sure how he would do because he is so young.   I made the structure for the concept map and printed all of the words and pictures to go in the bubbles (you can print it form here).  He surprised me in how well he did.  He was able to find a place for every item with only a little guidance.

The finished product!

Check out my Alphabet in Simple Science Pinterest Board for more ideas!
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