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). Note: You will need the Adobe Flash Player to view these interactives.
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