Living and Non- Living Things


Hello Guys!!! Welcome to LC learning forum created by Latoya Campbell. This website was created to help students understand the difference between living and nonliving things.

Did you know that living things can move and nonliving things cannot?

Well, Stay tune there is a lot to learn.


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Your tasks for this lesson are the following:

  • Be accompaniment of the teacher, go outside to identify and observe some living things/non living organisms that live within the school surroundings.
  • Discuss the characteristics of living things/non living organisms, what they all have in common and their differences.
  • Returning inside, each student would in isolation write in their Science copybooks a brief summary about the characteristics of living/ non-living things.



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    Now that you have finished the lesson you should feel a sense of accomplishment!!! Great job!! Here is a review of what you have learned....

    What are living things?

    Living things are organisms that display the key characteristics of life. These characteristics include the ability to grow, reproduce, take in and use energy, excrete waste, respond to the environment, and possess an organized structure.

    What are non- living things?

     A non-living thing is any form without life, such as an inanimate body or object. Compared with the entity that has life, a non-living thing lacks the features that characterize a living thing.

    There are seven Characteristics of Living Things

    1. Movement

    All living things move in some way. This may be obvious, such as animals that are able to walk, or less obvious, such as plants that have parts that move to track the movement of the sun.

    Earthworms use circular and longitudinal muscles to move through soil or along surfaces.

    2. Respiration

    Respiration is a chemical reaction that happens within cells to release energy from food.

    The food that earthworms eat supplies their body with energy-rich molecules such as glucose. On entering the cells of their body, these molecules are broken down in a series of steps to release energy to be used by the body, producing carbon dioxide and water as waste products.

    3. Sensitivity

    The ability to detect changes in the surrounding environment.

    Earthworms have light-sensitive cells scattered in their outer skin. Their skin cells are also sensitive to touch and chemicals.

    4. Growth

    All living things grow.

    Earthworms hatch from eggs and can grow up to a metre or more in length! Some earthworms are also able to regrow small parts of their body that have been lost or injured.

    5. Reproduction

    The ability to reproduce and pass genetic information onto their offspring.

    Earthworms have both sperm and eggs within their bodies (they are hermaphrodites) but they cannot self-fertilize and need to mate with another individual. After mating, a cocoon containing the fertilized eggs is deposited in the soil.

    6. Excretion

    Getting rid of waste.

    Earthworms excrete waste from their anus – the last segment of their body.

    7. Nutrition

    The intake and use of nutrients. This occurs in very different ways in different kinds of living things.

    Earthworm nutrition comes from a variety of sources, depending on their species. Food types include manure, compost, plant material, fungi, microorganisms and decaying animals. They take in food through their mouths.


    Here are 5 examples of living things

    • Dog
    • Tree
    • Flowers
    • Man
    • woman


    Non-living things


    The most important characteristic of nonliving things is the absence of protoplasm, the fundamental basis of life. For example, cells are absent in stones or any non-living things. Due to the absence of protoplasm, no metabolic activities are possible in the nonliving things.


    Here are the 5 examples of Non-living things.

    • air
    • water
    • land
    • stone
    • metals

    Link to Podcast:



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    Grade: Four

    Subject: Science


    1. Cognitive Objective- The student will be able to build on prior knowledge about living and nonliving things.
    2. Affective Objective- The student will be able to share their feelings about living and non-living things by writing a descriptive essay.
    3. Psychomotor Objective- The student will be able to role play drama pieces concluding the lesson.

    The following are the lesson objectives used to create this webquest:

    1. Explain briefly what are living and non-living things.

    2. State the characteristics for living and non-living things.

    3. Give examples for living and non-living things.

    4. Identify the living and non- living things found at school

    5. Draw diagrams to show living and non- living