Author: Sharon Janulaw
Overview: In this lesson students will observe and compare a variety of living things and pictures of living things to note their similarities and differences.
Grade Span: K2
Acquire a wide variety of living things.
Arrange the living things around the classroom.
Find pictures of living things.
Time: Two class periods
Grouping: Whole class and small groups
In order to live on planet Earth, all living things must surmount the same set of challengesfood acquisition, gas exchange, protection, locomotion, waste disposal, etc. The remarkable thing about living organisms is the wide variety of strategies used to solve the same problems. Plants solve the food problem by making it. Animals solve the same problem by eating plants or other animals. Hamsters get from place to place on four feet, while snails slide around on a single foot. There is no end to the discoveries that can be made when we start comparing living things to each other.
It is important to keep in mind that when we have children compare and sort living things they are not classifying. Scientific classification of living things is based on common ancestry, which children do not have the experience or background knowledge to accomplish.
Teacher Resources: A flower shop, bait shop, market produce section. Often pet stores will loan animals to their local schools.
Explore these links for additional information on the topics covered in this lesson:
Vocabulary: plant, animal
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