Living and Nonliving
Our scientific adventure begins with a discussion of living and nonliving things. How can we tell if an object is living or nonliving? Does it grow? Does it need food to live? These are the two main questions we ask when determining if something is living or nonliving. Sorting work on the shelf to reinforce this concept included objects, colored pictures, and gray scale photos. A worksheet was also added where the child has to cut out pictures and place them on the living or nonliving column.
Plant vs. Animal
Once we were able to determine if an object was living or nonliving, our focus changed to only living things. Now we need to decide if it is a plant or an animal. Work on the shelf included sorting objects and pictures. A cut and paste page was also added for further reinforcement.
Vertebrate and Invertebrate
After studying the differences between a plant and animal, we break it down further and only concentrate on animals. Now we classify animals into two groups – Vertebrate and Invertebrate. This is one of my favorite parts of the science introduction. To hear three year olds classifying animals as vertebrate and invertebrate is priceless.
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