Tennessee Curriculum Center

Standard 2: Interdependence > Living and Non-Living Thread | Grade 1

Associated Tennessee Learning Expectations
Distinguish between living and non-living things in an environment.

Developing a Clear Learning Target

About This Topic Thread
The distinction between living and non-living is not always crystal clear. Cars, like living things require energy to function properly. They also move. But can they grow or make copies of themselves? To be considered alive, something must display all of the characteristics of living things: made of cells, obtain and use energy, grow and develop, reproduce, and respond and be able to adapt to their environment.
Preceding Grade Level
Recognize that some things are living and some are not.
This Grade Level
Distinguish between living and non-living things in an environment.
Next Grade Level
Investigate the habitats of different kinds of local plants and animals.
Investigate living things found in different kinds of places.
Scaffolded (Unpacked) Ideas
  1. Although living things are found almost everywhere in the world, not all things that we see around us are living.
  2. Certain kinds of living things tend to be found in particular places.
  3. Living and non-living things can be separated into groups depending on certain characteristics.
Academic Vocabulary

Tennessee Academic Vocabulary for Living and Non-Living | Grade 1

* Terms not included on the TDOE Academic Vocabulary list
Questions to Focus Instruction
  1. What are some of the basic characteristics that are used to distinguish between living and non-living things?
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