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When I was creating some mini-lesson plans for this summer, I can across a standard that addressed differentiating between living and non-living things, as well as knowing that living things need air, water, and food to survive.  I wasn’t able to find exactly what I wanted to complete my lesson, so I made my own!

This packet is totally preschool friendly and can be no-prep or low-prep.  There’s also many ways to use it, and I’ve included a handy “Ideas for Use” for reference.  Our small group used it as a teamwork activity, and we made one large poster to hang in our classroom.

It comes with an ideas sheet and a reference poster for the students.

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Then there’s two sheets full of pictures to sort with two headings: Living and Non-living.

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The first thing I did was print!

The second step is to either cut out each rectangle or have the kids do it themselves.  The rectangles are all the same size so that using a paper cutter isn’t too difficult a chore. I chose to cut them out myself this time.

Now the kids can sort and glue!

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We took turns drawing a rectangle and deciding if it was living or non-living, referring to the included reference poster each time. I let the kids apply the glue and stick their piece on the poster board themselves (notice the upside down ones from my two-year-old!)

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The kids had fun and we learned a great deal about taking turns!  The repetition really helped to reinforce the concept of living and non-living.

We hung the poster in our classroom so we can see it all the time!  I laminated the reference sheet for the kids and hung it in our science corner.

Related:  26 FREE Posters and Resources Your Preschool Needs

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Head on over to my TpT store to grab this freebie for yourself or click here!

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My kids did well with this activity, but definitely have a lot to learn about working together.  What’s your favorite way to encourage sharing and taking turns?

 

 

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