As part of our study of Spring we have been learning about living things. All the kids in my class could easily tell the difference between something that was living versus something that was non-living. The tricky part came when I asked them how they knew that particular object was alive or not. Crickets. That's when I brought out my posters of the characteristics of living things and we went through and discussed them. The kids were fascinated! We got into such great discussions about how fish breathe, where animals excrete and what animals are born by hatching out of an egg versus being born alive.
We then sorted picture cards into the categories of Living and Non-living and gave proof for how we knew it belonged in that category (using the vocabulary we had learned from our posters).
The kids then sorted pictures onto their own sorting mats and glued them into the proper place. They had to tell the friend beside them why the objects were living and non-living. No crickets this time! They were using all the vocabulary from the posters in their explanations. In overhearing one of my littles speak she was saying to the friend beside her that she would have to ask me if the picture of the person (on the living side) was a girl or a mermaid, because if it was a mermaid then it was not real! Vera, the Tutu teacher used this product in her classroom during our product swap and had the same story to tell! Check out how she used these posters and activities in her room here.
To check out my Living Things Posters, click the image below.
The great news is that all the products in my TPT store will be on sale for the Teacher's Appreciation Sale from May 7th to the 8th. It's a great time to stock up on all the items on your wish list!
Thank you to Beth from Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs for the graphics.