|"What's Alive" by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld|
I really enjoy writing posts about science and social studies, because it's so necessary for logical thinking and problem solving, which are big parts of the core curriculum. The book What's Alive by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld is beautiful for kindergarten. It's appealing and factual at the same time. It talks about similarities and differences between us (people) and plants and animals. It very clearly states what living things need to stay alive. I also like how the girl in the story has a wall display of living and non-living things at the end of the story, and how she talks about things that were once alive but not anymore (such as a plant that has wilted, or a bird that has fallen from a nest).
A fabulous song to use with this book is Dr. Jean's "Basic Needs". It's sung to the tune of "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes", but it talks about different animals (including people) and what we need to stay alive. I don't know about you, but I love matching books to songs.
Here is a graphic organizer that I will use as an assessment for my students after I do some sorting of magazine pictures.
Living Nonliving Graphic Organizer
Please let me know what you think of this graphic organizer, and if you'd like me to make more for units dealing with needs and wants of living things. If you'd like to look at other graphic organizers in my TPT shop, check out my Animal Graphic Organizers or Motion and Matter Graphic Organizers.
I just remembered two other really great songs for a living things unit: "Growing" by Hap Palmer and "I am a Flower" by Jack Hartmann.