Lesson Plan

Living and Non-Living

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Lesson Duration:
30 Minutes
State Standards:
Utah Core Curriculum
Third Grade Science
Standard 2: Objective 1, Objective 2


Activities in this guide focus on the relationship between living and non-living things in a habitat.


This guide contains background information about the differences and roles of living and non-living things, and directions for three activities that will help students better understand how living and non-living things both have important roles in places such as Zion National park. This guide is specifically designed for third grade classrooms, but the activities can be modified for students at other levels.


  • Download and review Living and Non-Living Activity Guide
  • Download and print activity materials
  • Gather paper, pencils, ball, and string as necessary


Living and Non-Living Activity Guide

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Everything is Connected Activity Materials

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Lesson Hook/Preview

Living and non-living things may have very different characteristics, but they rely on each other and both are important to habitats.


Glossary available in activity guide.

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Last updated: March 18, 2016