Tennessee Curriculum Center

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

Associated Tennessee Learning Expectations
Investigate the habitats of different kinds of local plants and animals.
Investigate living things found in different kinds of places.

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
Distinguish between living and non-living things in an environment.
This Grade Level
Investigate the habitats of different kinds of local plants and animals.
Investigate living things found in different kinds of places.
Next Grade Level
Categorize things as living or non-living.
Scaffolded (Unpacked) Ideas
  1. Living things need food, water, and air; a way to dispose of waste; and an environment in which to live.
  2. There are many connections between how an organism behaves and the place where it lives.
  3. An organism can only survive in an environment that supplies its basic needs.
Academic Vocabulary

Tennessee Academic Vocabulary for Living and Non-Living | Grade 2

* Terms not included on the TDOE Academic Vocabulary list
Questions to Focus Instruction
  1. What are the basic needs of all living things?
  2. What are the different ways that living things are dependent on their environment?
  3. What happens if an environment cannot meet the basic needs of the living things that live there?
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