Living vs. Non-Living Lesson

This week I started the living vs non-living lesson with the two little guys. We started off by talking about what is the difference between something that is living and what isn’t. For something to be alive it needs to eat, drink water, breath air, and reproduce. For our first activity, I grabbed 10 different toys. (5 that represent living  and 5 that are non-living). The boys then took turns separating them into the correct category.



After mastering the objects, I printed off photo cards from Montessori Print Shop. The boys again took turns stating what the pictures were and then dividing them into the correct category.  There were 28 cards total to sort thru.


When I printed off the photo cards we were also given two more categories (once living and never living.) It does come with a control page to help you check that everything is divided correctly. Wes was completely lost on this concept, but he is only 3 so we will come back to this at some point. Xander was able to separate the photos into the correct categories but kept thinking that all once living objects came from a cow. LOL not sure where he got that from.


Finally, I had printed off a worksheet from Montessori Print Shop. The boys were able to practice cutting and then gluing the pictures into the correct categories. Xander did a pretty good job getting all the pictures into the right spots. I did cut Wesley’s out for him which he was able to differentiate correctly between living and non-living. He is still confused, however, by the once living concept.


These are the books we read:

Are You Living? A Song About Living and Nonliving Things – This is read to the tune of “Are You Sleeping” The pictures are large and colorful. The boys enjoyed this one alot.

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan Shea – This was a lot of fun. It asks  questions about nonliving items changing into other items and you have to flip up pages to see the answers. My boys loved it so much we read it twice right off the bat. They even pulled it out during play time to read on there own. When that happens you know it’s a winner!

What’s Alive? by Kathleen Wiedner Zoehfeld – This book was a tad “wordy”. It lost Wesley’s interest but Xander liked it. It drove home the 4 things needed for something to be alive. Xan told everyone and anyone he saw that day what it means to be alive. It’s safe to say he got it =)

Living and Non Living in the Rain Forest by Rebecca Rissmon – A lot of the wording was extremely redundant even for a children’s book. We did enjoy looking at the bright pictures of the different animals found in the rain forest.

Living and Non Living in the Desert by Rebecca Rissmon – Just like the rainforest one, the wording is redundant. The pictures, however, were phenomenal.

We added this song into our daily routine for this week:

“It’s Alive” sung to the tune of “Are You Sleeping?”

It’s Alive!

It’s Alive!

I know why!

I know why!

It eats and breathes and grows…

It eats and breathes and grows…

It’s Alive!

It’s Alive!

Overall, we had a lot of fun with this unit. Now moving on to WINTER!! It’s been so cold and snowy where we live lately, I want to get this in before spring decides to show up 😉

Happy Learning Everyone!


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