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The world is made up of both living and non-living things. This unit helps students explore the important differences between the two. The term "living thing" refers to things that are now or once were alive. A "non-living thing" is anything that was never alive. In order for something to be classified as living, it must: grow and develop, use energy, reproduce, be made of cells, respond to its environment, and adapt. While many things meet one or more of these criteria, a living thing must meet all of the criteria. Living and non-living things interact with each other all the time.


Supporting Materials

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Additional Reading
Comprehension Support

Career Files

Dog Groomer; Dentist; Mason; Jewelry Maker

Quick Reads

Hair, Skin, and Nails
Hair, Skin, and Nails
Hair, Skin, and Nails

Concept Books

All Living/Non-Living Concept Books

Reading A-Z Books

In a Chinese Garden - Level F

Graphic Organizers

Ask and Answer Questions
Venn Diagram
Word Smart

Retelling Rubrics

Nonfiction Retelling Rubric

Game Packs

Complete Living/Non-Living Game Pack
Image Cards
Vocabulary Cards

Vocabulary Cards


Word Work

Fill in the Blank; Matching; Syllables

Book Assembly

Single-Sided Concept

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Double-Sided Concept

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