this free activity
time to time we will add a new worksheet pack that you can download for free.
Our previous download can be found here.
Our new download
pack helps young children to sort and classify items (a science activity)
and also to organize this information as a tree
diagram (a visual literacy activity).
(Adobe Acrobat file)
to the science topic living and nonliving is a classification activity
in science for young children.
in this download?
includes three worksheets. The first two sheets provide color picture cards
for you to paste on to cardboard and cut out. The final page is a blank
grid on which to draw your own cards, if you wish to. There are 21 color
cards, providing a mix of living and nonliving things:
How to use
the picture cards
- Print out
the sheets with the picture cards on them.
- If your printer
allows, you can print the pages onto cardboard. Otherwise print onto ordinary
paper, then paste the sheets onto cardboard.
- Cut out the
cards by following the lines. Each card is 60x60 mm (2.5 inches
- Divide children
into groups, and provide a complete set of cards to each group.
- Mix up the
cards before handing them out.
- Ask children
to "Find all the animals," then "Find all the plants."
Group them as the "Living things."
- Note the cards
that are left over. Discuss the opposite of living things, and provide some
examples of nonliving objects, such as stones, coins, air, and water.
things can be of different kinds. Talk about the differences between solids,
liquids, and gases. Ask children to find a picture of a liquid (such as
water, mud, tears), then a solid (such as a rock), then a gas (such as bubbles,
steam, or flames).
- On a large
sheet of paper draw a heading All sorts of things, and using a tree
diagram format, divide the sheet into living and nonliving. Divide
living into animals and plants. Divide nonliving into solids, liquids and
- Put this sheet
on the floor. Ask children to place their cards in one of the empty squares
on the diagram where they think they belong.
are we doing this?
introduces young children to the science concept of classification, and the
visual literacy concept of a tree diagram.
help us to organize our ideas clearly by sorting them into groups and subgroups.
genre called an information report has the same structure as a tree
diagram. Reports define and classify their subjects.
young children to tree diagrams, you are helping them on the way to writing
reports that organize and classify the world.
More about the
book All Sorts of Things can be found here.
be copied for
your own classroom only. See
download this worksheet pack
is an Adobe Reader file. To
view and print out this file you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader which is available
can learn more about tree diagrams and information reports using the photocopiable
Information Toolkit, pages 16 and 36
information Toolkit, pages 16 and 36
Me! pages 16 and 36
For a full contents
list click here.
about tree diagrams here.
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