This week at line time I have introduced the children to the concept of living versus non-living. We talked about how each of us is a living thing. We need air to breathe, food to eat, water to drink and we can grow. As a group we did a sorting activity using the Living/Non-living cards I had purchased from Lori at Montessori for Everyone. I laid out a rug in front of me along with the "title" cards for Living and Non-living. Then I called each child up one at a time and gave them one of the picture cards. They decided whether it was living or non-living and placed it in the appropriate column on the rug. This is a fairly easy concept for them. However, they sometimes have a hard time understanding that plants (and trees and bushes, etc.) are living. One little girl thought "if it has a face" it's living. So........we talked about how even though plants don't "have a face", they DO need air (what would happen if we put a plant into a jar and closed the lid?), water, food (I told them that plants don't eat pizza like us, but they do get food from the soil through their roots), and they can grow bigger.
Now the frog life cycle work on the science shelf has been replaced with the Living/Non-living card work along with a cut and paste that I developed.
Here is the top shelf of the science shelf. On the bulletin board is a completed Living/Non-living paper done by my oldest son to be used as a control.
To do this work, the child takes a paper from the brown tray, a picture paper from the blue basket, and a wooden bowl with scissors and glue. They cut the pictures apart and lay them in the appropriate column. Then they ask a teacher to check their work. Once it has been checked, they can glue the pictures down. If you wish to download a copy of the sorting page you can do so at the link below. I don't have a link for the pictures as I made them using a hard copy.