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Is It Alive?

What does it mean to be alive? Is a cactus alive? Is a seed alive? Is the air we breathe alive? What are the necessary characteristics? To hook learners into the question, they are introduced to “glue monsters” (sometimes known as “scooting glue”) and the learners discuss whether the “monsters” are alive or not. Next, learners are given cards with the names of various objects and asked to sort them into categories: alive, once was alive, never alive, and not sure. Finally, learners create a list defining the characteristics of life--a set of characteristics that all living things share.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
      • Cell Metabolism
      • Chemistry of Life
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
      • Viruses and Bacteria
      • Classification
      • Biodiversity

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Includes assesments for student learning

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By:

  • Salter, Irene

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