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    "It's Alive!!!!"
    By Julianne

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    Depending on the age of your students you could:

    Prepare cards with photos of living and nonliving objects. Have students work in small groups to sort them, then discuss why they assigned each photo to a particular group. You could give them the criteria (living, nonliving) or just let them go and see what they come up with, leading them to a discussion of what makes something alive.

    Have students cut pictures from magazines of the things animals and plants need to live. Have them discuss in small or large group why they chose the items they did. They must defend their choices.

    Create a hierarchy of creatures - the most alive to the least alive. Can that be done? Why or why not? What would students use as criteria for placing a creature in a particular position on the list?

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