On Wednesday of this week the English Class second graders learned about the characteristics of living and nonliving things in the world around us. First they discussed what features make something a living organism. Then pupils took turns pulling a word out of a small bag and then determining if it was living or nonliving. Most of the words were easy to determine, but cloud and star were words that bore a little more thought. The pupils luckily remembered the list of characteristics of living and nonliving items and were able to deduce that clouds and stars are nonliving.
For more practice, pupils sorted picture cards into living and nonliving items. After collecting pictures of living and nonliving things for their notebooks, pupils filled out a worksheet to put in their environmental studies notebooks.
Ms, Kati, the second grade teacher, did not help at all in giving directions for the worksheet. Pupils had to independently read the directions and follow the directions for the task. Homework for the day was to a colouring task related to living and nonliving things.