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Teaching Living and Non-Living to EL students(Reading in Content)

Teaching Living and Non-Living to EL students(Reading in Content)


Learning Targets – What will students ultimately be able to do?

I can   classify living and non-living things.

I can identify living  , living once and non-living things.

Key Points – What will students ultimately understand by the end of the topic and by the end of the lesson?



After reading about living and non-living things students will be able to identify what is living and non-living in the world around them. Students will also be able to tell whether these things are natural or man-made.

My EL students will understand that living things are alive. All living things can grow and change. Plants, animals, and people are living things. Living things have needs. Plants need air, water, light from the Sun, and space to grow. Animals need air, water, food, and space to live. Animals also need shelter, a safe place to live.

Nonliving things are not alive. They do not grow or change on their own.

Academic Language Focus
• How to identify living and non-living things 
• Features of natural and man-made things 
• Similarities and differences between natural and living things.

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Living and Non-Living Things

How will students process and check what they’ve just learned by summarizing, connecting, and asking and answering questions?
I will have students answer the questions, “What Did You Learn?”
1. What can all living things do?
All living things can grow and change.
2. What is need?
A need is something a living thing must have in order to live.
After Reading
Nonliving things are different than living things. Write to explain some of the ways they are different. Use words from the reading as you write.
Sentence stems:

The nonliving things are different from the living thing because they…

Unlike the living things , the nonliving things can not…

Organizing Information
Graphic Organizer: Alike and Different
Students will complete the Alike and the Different chart to tell how the needs of plants and animals are alike and how they are different.


Source: Pearson Success Net and Promethean Planet