Help your students understand the characteristics of life as they answer the question: Is it living? In this activity, students will learn about the characteristics of living things and apply their knowledge to determine if different items are living and nonliving. They will write scientific arguments with Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning about their items.
- 12 cards with living and nonliving items + optional explanations to print on the back
- Reading passage about the characteristics of life
- Student worksheets with Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning
- A presentation to move students through the activity
Supports NGSS Standard:
MS-LS1-1 . Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.
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This comes from my “Quick and Cl-Ev-R” series. Each activity is designed for students to practice writing scientific arguments with Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning based on real world data and experiences. Each activity includes a quick hands on activity, demonstration, and real data, and a corresponding reading focusing on the scientific concepts presented in the activity.