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"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe."

John Muir
From his book My First Summer in the Sierra, 1911

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Living and Non-Living
Created by Carol Ogden, Rosanne Eggerding, Sarah Bowser, Shannon Fry, and Cassandra Bates

Mason City School District

Living and Nonliving is actually five activities in one inquiry. In How Do I Observe My World?, students use their senses to record and collect data. In How Do I Classify Things in My World?, students practice classifying objects as living or nonliving. In Is it Real Or Pretend?, students group objects as real or pretend. In What is Living?, students discover the needs of living things. In What Is Living Outdoors?, students compare indoor and outdoor discoveries. The Family Page extends this learning to the community by inviting parents and students to classify living and nonliving things at home.

Note: Participation by the above teachers in the SFO Online Course made the publishing of this creative work possible. Special thanks to Rebecca Wilson for her technical support in the web publication of this inquiry.