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Dead or Alive

Michelle Passeretti


The lesson is designed to allow students to analyze non-living and living objects by forming a T chart. Students make a collage to demonstrate what they have learned.


The student knows how to apply knowledge about life processes to distinguish between living and nonliving things.

The student knows that environments have living and nonliving parts.


- Pictures of living and non-living objects
- Magazines
- Glue
- Scissors
- Construction paper
- Pencil
- Copy of checklist with student names
- T-chart


Provide pictures of living and non-living objects.
Gather all materials
Run off a copy of checklist
Prepare T-chart


1. Teacher explains that as a group the students will sort living and non- living objects.

2. Show students different pictures of living and non-living objects.

3. Model classifying using a T Chart. Classify plants, animals, and humans as living objects. Classify swings, desk, and televisions as non-living objects. Provide more examples if needed.

4. As a group have students sort non-living and living things and define that living things require food, air, and water and that they grow and change in order to survive. Non-living do not.

5. Review the characteristics of living and non-living and allow the students to give oral examples.

6. Explain that each student will cut out pictures of living and non-living objects. Then they will categorize living and non-living objects and form a collage. They must have at least ten pictures on their collage.

7. Explain to students that a collage is a grouping of pictures pasted together on a surface. Each child will have one big sheet of paper. On one side of their paper they need to label and paste living things and the other side will have labeled and pasted non-living things.

8. Review the importance of working together by pointing out the need to share items and discuss politely with peers. Monitor students cooperatively working by checking off mastery on the attached checklist.

9. Teachers observe and provide feedback to student's questions. If student is not following dirrections provide immediate intervention.

10. In completion of assignment there must be a minimum of ten pictures on the students collage. 80% of the pictures must be categorized correctly to justify mastery.


The students create a collage on living and non-living objects.
Teacher formatively assesses the finished product that show examples of living and non-living things. Students must have a minimum of ten pictures in the collage. 80% of the pictures in the collage must be catogorized correctly.

Attached Files

Cooperative learning     File Extension: pdf

T-chart     File Extension: pdf

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