Living and Nonliving
Science Clips, by the BBC, offers interactive science animations that can be manipulated by students in order to learn science content. Check out the "Plants, Animals, and the Local Environment" science clip that relates to this inquiry.
Living Things: Families. If you didn't find the answers to your classification questions, try searching Ask A Scientist. If you still have questions, send them to Ask Living Things. Click on the icon above.
BrainPOP.com, an award-winning site, offers original animated movies that answer kids' questions about health, science, and technology. The site provides an interactive quiz while movies load. To visit the site and watch their two minute Scientific Method movie, click on the icon above. Note: This is a subscription site, but selected movies are available without a subscription.
eNature.com provides an online field guide to over 4800 North American plants and animals. Species accounts are from the National Audubon Society Field Guides, Nature Guides, and Regional Guides. These guides are published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. They can be ordered online at eNature or on the National Audubon Society website (www.audobon.org). eNature.com will supply additional information if you log in and become a member. Click on the icon to connect to eNature.com.
Invention Factory Living Things taps into that natural curiosity and excitement by providing kindergarten and first-grade children with the opportunity to explore and observe the living things in the area around and near school. Click on the icon above.
Videos (see web resources)
Schoolvideos.com provides quality curriculum-coordinated educational videos to public and private schools nationally and abroad. Each video is researched and evaluated in the areas of subject matter, content and curriculum compatibility, and all meet national and state curriculum standards. The two videos listed below compliment this inquiry.
Living Things offers an interactive exploration of sounds of living things. Click on the link to visit the Cascoly CD website.
Life is Loopy, is a game involving the whole class, that reinforces pupils' knowledge across many aspects of living things. Click on icon to link to site.
Science Explosion web site provides the teacher with Sing the Science Standards, Vol. 1 and 2. This site lists available songs that teach science standards for grades K-8. Click on icon to link to site.
Am I Living by Carol Ogden is a primary song that helps children learn questioning techniques to classify things as living or nonliving.
What is a Living Thing by Bobbie D. Kalman allows children see themselves as part of a non-living world of houses, schools and televisions. This intriguing new book explains what a living thing is so that children can make the connection between themselves and other living things, including plants, animals, and insects. ISBN 0865058911
What is a Scientist? by Barbara Lehn is a simple text and photographs that depict children engaged in various activities that make up the scientific process. ISBN 1588245365
What's Alive? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld explains how to tell the difference between living and nonliving things--an essential first skill in scientific sorting and classifying--is explored with hands-on activities and colorful diagrams. ISBN 0064451321
Each Living Thing by Joanne Ryder celebrates the creatures of the earth, from spiders dangling in their webs to owls hooting and hunting out of sight, and asks that we respect and care for them. ISBN 0152018980
Living Things by Adrienne Mason offers a number of easy educational experiments for children to do on their own or with very limited adult supervision. ISBN 1550743937
The Salamander Room by Ann Mazer follows the story of a little boy who finds a salamander and takes him home. "Where will he sleep?" asks his mother. Her "inquiries are answered with imaginative solutions that will be familiar to all those who have tried to convince a parent to let them have a pet. ISBN 0679861874
Welcome to the River of Grass by Jane Yolen describes a perfect armchair tour through a surprisingly vast array of wildlife in a swampy strip unlike any other place on earth. ISBN 0399232214
Every Living Thing by Cynthia Rylant includes twelve stories in which animals change people's lives for the better. ISBN 0689712634
Gray Rabbit's Odd One
Out by Alan Baker tells the story of a
rabbit who tidies up his room and sorts his belongings into groups of
like things as he searches for his favorite book.