In this video, Jessi and Squeaks are talking about living and non-living things. Have you ever thought about what does it mean to be alive? Biologists study all sorts of living things and are experts on what sort of things are living and what is not. Everything alive has a few things in common. They all can grow and change, reproduce, and respond to the world around them. In addition to that, they all need energy. These rules apply to both animals and plants. But what about the leaves that have fallen to the ground. Are they still considered living things? Yes, since they were a part of living things so we still call them living things.
And what about movement? Do living things also need to move? No! Not all living things move. Plants for instance don’t get up and move around but they’re still alive.
The video also features a fun game in which students have to guess which things are living or non-living.
This video satisfies the 3-LS1-1 requirement for third-grade science proficiency.
Students who demonstrate understanding can:
3-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.