In this activity, students use an interactive or paper-based graphic organiser to explore their ideas about the characteristics of living things and the characteristics of animals. This activity can be done individually, in pairs or as a whole class.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • describe the characteristics of living things
  • describe the characteristics of animals
  • classify things as living or non-living/animal or not, based on these characteristics.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • extension ideas
  • student worksheets.

Download the Living or not? graphic organiser and the Animal or not? graphic organiser (see links below).

Useful links

Visit the Science Continuum website for more information about common student alternative conceptions related to living things and classification.
www.education.vic.gov.au...continuum/pages/livingthings.aspx

    Published 12 June 2012