To help the children sort and classify. To show the children the difference between living and non-living things. To show children the relevance of classification.
3 - 6 years approx.
A set of pictures of obvious LIVING (wild animals, domestic animals, plants, humans etc.) And NON-LIVING (bicycle, wall, rock, etc.) things These should be mounted on white card. The card should measure about 14cm x 10 cm. Each card should be laminated.
- This is an individual exercise.
- Place the heading cards at the top of the table or floor mat.
- Discuss the fact that living things: eat, move, reproduce, breathe and grow.
- Show the child one picture at a time, and ask the child if they think the picture is of a living or non-living thing.
- Show the child how to place the card in the appropriate column.
- Once the child has sorted the cards, show the child how to check the control of error at the back to see that the categories all match.
CONTROL OF ERROR:
A dot or appropriate colour coding at the back of each card.
The child can make his own chart of living and non-living things by cutting pictures out of a magazine. The child pastes them onto their appropriate columns Alternatively, the child can draw pictures of living and non-living things.