Living/Nonliving Investigation

Because we’ve been talking so much about living/nonliving things, I wanted to see where the kids were in their understanding, so I set up 6 stations around the room (3 living/3 nonliving) and the kids had a chart to check out each of the items and answer a few questions in their science notebooks:


Here they are looking at a red worm. That kept their attention for AWHILE! 🙂IMG_4965

Why did you put a book on this plate Mrs. Poindexter? It’s just a book!  “Yes, it’s just a book, but what do you observe about it?” OH, they said! 🙂IMG_4966

Where’s the thing we’re supposed to observe?  Right there.  That’s a pencil.  I know, that’s what you’re supposed to observe.  But it’s a pencil.  I know! 🙂IMG_4967

More of the popular red worm! 🙂IMG_4968

Here the poor thing is curled up and scared. 🙂 He was later safely returned to his home in our compost box!IMG_4969

Noodles?  That’s silly Mrs. Poindexter!  You eat them!  So are they living or nonliving?IMG_4970




The meal worm out of the meal worm tank in our classroom–easiest classroom pet EVER and good for so many things! 🙂IMG_4972



These are 5 of the items I had out.  The 6th one was my assistant.  She sat at one of the tables and the kids had to figure out if she was breathing, moving, and if she would stop living one day, and then if she were living or nonliving.


The red worm…getting comfortable and all stretched out!





Meal worm


These great dishes and bowls are from the kids section at IKEA.  They are so handy and I use them all the time to hold different materials.  The cups that match this set are great too–an awesome size for storing crayons and sorting them by color.

Kristen 🙂

About Kristen Poindexter

I am the 2014 National Shell Science Teacher, 2014 PAEMST Awardee for Science, and a Kindergarten teacher who blogs about my adventures in teaching!

Posted on March 5, 2013, in Living/Nonliving, Science Notebooks. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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