With introduction, this lesson can take from 45-55 minutes.
Students will be given 10 images to choose from, and they have to select 6 that they feel confident about whether it is living or not. They will cut them out and paste them into the left side of their interactive notebook. Above the picture, they will write Living or Nonliving. Below each picture they choose, they will write a one sentence justification for why they think this organism is living or nonliving.
This gives students a chance to practice argumentation and think about the characteristics of life.
A mule asks students to question reproduction as a rule for a characteristic of life. A sunflower seed has the potential for life, but is dormant. A pencil is made of wood that was once living. Hair is protein, but not made of cells, so therefore not living, though it grows.A rose bush cannot move, one thing students often identify living things have in common.