Living and Nonliving Things

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11569

Have you ever seen a statue of a living person, and the actual person? Although they look alike, what is the difference between them? Walk around your place to learn about living and nonliving things!


Life Science

learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
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Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
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Quick Query

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There are many different things in your environment. How can you tell the difference between living and nonliving things?

You know that some things are living and some things are not.

Look at this picture of a dog running with a ball. What are some of the living things you see in its environment? What about the nonliving things? Share your answer with your parent or teacher.

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Did you say the dog is a living thing? Great! Dogs are living creatures. Did you know the grass is a living thing as well?

The nonliving part of the environment is the ball in the dog's mouth. The ball is a nonliving part of the environment.

Look around your learning space. Get up and find two living things and three nonliving things. Show your parent or teacher what you found. Ask your parent or teacher to help you create a list of the living and nonliving things you found.

As you read through the lesson, add new things to your list. You can either draw or write the things you would like to add to your list. Start with these images below:

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  • Did you know all plants and animals are living things?

Living things have special characteristics. They grow. For example, plants grow from a seed into a flowering plant. You are a living thing. You used to be a baby, and now you have grown into a child.

Living things take in energy. You get your energy from eating. Plants get their energy from the sun and soil.

Plants and animals both reproduce. This means they have babies.

All living things die. In order to be dead, an organism has to be alive to begin with.

All the pictures below are living things. Add at least two more examples to your list of living things.

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Nonliving things are the exact opposite of living things. They do not grow and change. They do not get energy from food or the sun. They also don't reproduce. A rock is a great example of a nonliving thing. Rocks don't move, eat, drink, or reproduce.

Look around your learning space. It is filled with nonliving things. The computer you are looking at is nonliving. The table or desk you are sitting at is not a living thing. Add at least two more examples of nonliving things to your list. You can use the pictures below to help you think of examples:

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Great work! You know the difference between living and nonliving things. Move on to the next section to practice identifying living and nonliving things.

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