LIVING THINGS BUNDLE: Hands On, Printable & Digital - Google Slides & Seesaw

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"Is it living?!"
Students work like a biologist and learn how to identify a living thing based on it's characteristics! Have your kids EXPLORE this concept themselves with DIGITAL & PRINTABLE ACTIVITIES! Embedded videos (and audio files) included to teach the "rules" of what makes a living thing LIVING, real world photographs given to hunt for living/nonliving things, grocery store themed picture sorts and so much more!

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Accessible using: PowerPoint, Google Slides links (that can be used in Google Classroom), AND preloaded Seesaw activities!

*Audio directions embedded into Google Slides & the captions on Seesaw pages.

*Multiple teaching videos included to help reinforce scientists the characteristics of living things.

SIX lessons:

Intro. Living & Nonliving:

  • Audio Directions & video to introduce living/nonliving
  • 3 PRACTICE SLIDES: Living Things Have Needs (sort by plants and animals) Compare Goldfish vs. Goldfish Cracker Sort & Stock the store shelves: Living vs. Nonliving

Are You My Mother? Living Things Produce Offspring

  • Embedded video explaining living things producing offspring, image with audio to explain vocabulary, video read aloud: Are You My Mother?
  • 4 Practice pages to understand the young resembles the the parent and living things produce offspring.

Living & Nonliving Hunt

  • Embedded video (SciShow: It’s Alive!) & teaching slide with audio
  • 4 slides with photographs to hunt & label living/ nonliving things
  • 1 slide to upload images or type lists of examples of living/nonliving things

Is It Alive?

  • Video embedded to review, audio directions given
  • 8 PRACTICE SLIDES: Drag a check or an X on each question to find out if the object is living or nonliving.

Main Idea Sort & Biologist Report

  • Video embedded to demonstrate activity (screen recording)
  • MAIN IDEA SORT (4 pages): Sort the picture details by the main idea sentence.
  • BIOLOGIST REPORT (2 pages): Students tell how they know an object is living/nonliving using sentence stems and a word bank.


QR Codes are used throughout the unit to show real life videos and photos of living and nonliving things! Video links and photographs are also given to substitute QR codes if technology is limited. :)

Objectives given post on your objective wall!

Introducing Distinguishing Living vs. Nonliving:

  • 3 Video Links via QR Codes - Students scan, watch, listen and think about the rules they learn to identify living things. Two recording pages given: one with fill in the blanks and a word bank to match the concepts in videos. (Video links also given to show whole group.) ***All videos linked with QR Codes are given a SafeShare (filtered videos) option AND direct links to YouTube. SafeShare is the best option IF your district does have the site blocked. Test before you print!
  • Photograph Sort - 18 real life photographs given for students to practice sorting living/nonliving.
  • I Spy.. - Photographs provided for students to work with a partner to analyze the living/nonliving organisms in one photo. These would work best using the full screen mode and projected whole class.
  • Virtual Field Trips - Three QR codes given on recording page for students to scan, watch the video with a partner and record the living and nonliving objects found in the setting (farm, circus and zoo).
  • Comparing Goldfish and Goldfish Cracker - Students can use a Venn Diagram or a Double Bubble Map to compare the characteristics.
  • Flip Book: I Am Alive! - Students respond by drawing or writing to review the characteristics of living organisms.
  • Explore & Record - Students take a walk outside to observe their natural world and record the living/nonliving things they see. This is great to use as a home connection activity!

Shopping for Living/Nonliving

  • Market themed picture sort- Within small groups, students sort pictures of items they would see at a grocery store by living and nonliving. *Color and b/w options!
  • "Go Shopping!"- Students use grocery sale ads or magazines to cut and sort by living items. Headers given to make foldable pockets to store the pictures they cut out.
  • Trip to the Market: Color by Code - Students color the grocery sack on the worksheet based on if the sack is filled with living or nonliving items.

Living Things Have Offspring

  • Poster given to introduce words offspring, adult and reproduce
  • Dominoes - Students match the young to the adult (18 dominoes in both color and b/w)
  • Two Printables - Cut and match pictures of offspring to the adult, brainstorm living things and their basic needs

Review Fun!

  • Mind Readers Game - Students try to read the mind of their partners using clues to review living things!
  • Main Things About Living Things - Students sort or draw details to support the main idea/characteristics of living things. THREE differentiated options: draw, sort pictures or read/sort sentences.
  • Noun Search & Sort - Students use a book they can read to hunt for nouns and record them as living or nonliving.
  • Writing: The Difference Between Living and Nonliving - Full page composition lines with heading and living/nonliving flamingos for students to explain how they distinguish between living and nonliving.

Write the Room with QR Code Hunt & Real Life Photographs

  • Have your kids "show what they know" by responding to the questions with photographs! Printable option if technology is limited. Answer key and teacher key included!

TEKS Covered:

1.9A sort and classify living and nonliving things based upon whether or not they have basic needs and produce offspring

K.9A differentiate between living and nonliving things based on if they have basic needs and produce offspring.

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