It's Alive or Is It!?

Seems like a fairly simple question—until you begin asking your class! Get pupils acquainted with the characteristics of life through pairs classification, discussion, and scientific reading. The lesson plan, part of the K20 series, also includes an in-depth look at viruses.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Let partners come up with their own methods for sorting the cards, as this will help them to narrow their classification systems as the lesson continues
  • Use the last of the virus-related articles as an extension activity 
Classroom Considerations

  • Print enough cards for each pair to have a complete set
Pros

  • The activities involve a great deal of discussion, planning, and justifying responses
  • Student and teacher resources are well-written and include everything needed 
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS