Using a wide variety of stunning photographs, author Kevin Kurtz poses thought-provoking questions to help readers determine if things are living or nonliving. For example, if most (but not all) living things can move, can any nonliving things move? As part of the Compare and Contrast series, this is a unique look at determining whether something is living or nonliving....
|Title||:||Living Things and Nonliving Things: A Compare and Contrast Book|
|Number of Pages||:||32 Pages|
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Living Things and Nonliving Things: A Compare and Contrast Book Reviews
This week, a kindergarten class came into our school library during one of its quiet times, on the search for living things. They found our bearded dragon. They found our turtles. They found our blue-tongued skink. I suggested to the teacher that there might be at least one more living thing in the library and she was suddenly remembered that there is an ivy plant on the bookshelf.This book is perfect for this class or for any other elementary age students who are talking about what it means to be alive. It has enough meat for even junior high or high school students, and it will definitely get a thoughtful conversation going, no matter the age of the readers.
This book does a fabulous job of presenting the similarities and differences between living and nonliving things. Kurtz also points out the exceptions to the rules, demonstrating that categorizing things can be complicated. The combination of large, easy to read text and gorgeous photographs makes for a captivating read. The book also works really well as a STEM lesson with activities and ideas for lessons listed at the back of the book and available on the publisher's website.
Learning to think beyond the obvious is an important part of the educational experience. We look at a picture or see the object in real life and we think, if we think beyond the fact that the object is an animal, a rock, or a star, "How pretty" or "How nice."In Living Things and NonLiving Things the author takes the reader on a deeper plunge into looking at the world around him. What is a living thing? What is a nonliving thing? How do we determine them?Thinking beyond the fact that what is man-made is nonliving and what is breathing is living. Wow! This introduction or journey into the world of comparing and contrasting is fantastic! And then in the back of this Arbordale publication is a great selection of "For Creative Minds" pages with additional material and exercises.Easy to read. Great pictures. Can be understood on an elementary level but promotes more complex thinking into the comparisons of living and nonliving things and their attributes.This is one that I can highly recommend for homeschoolers, classrooms, and libraries everywhere!GIVEAWAY on my blog Chat With Vera http://chatwithvera.blogspot.com/2017... - Begins October 27 & Ends November 17 @ 12:01 a.m. EST - Open to USA addresses only.DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Arbordale Publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given. Giveaway copy is provided by Arbordale.
I appreciated that it offered no simple, 100% answers, but allowed and fostered space for complexity and thinking. It ended a bit abruptly, but would be a wonderful resource for classrooms working to classify living and non-living objects. "Cross-curricular teaching activities for use at home or in the classroom, interactive puzzles, and more are available online... [at] www.ArbordalePublishing.com."
Thought provoking questions and an abundance of colorful photos make this an excellent introduction for young children into the world of living and nonliving things. A glossary and checklist contribute to an even better understanding. Ages 5-8
Perfect for compare and contrast lessons, and for science units on living and nonliving things. The photos are clear and attractive. The questions and answers make readers think. There are a glossary and checklists in the back matter.
Great photos and simple text to get children thinking...about living and nonliving things.
Full review including teaching tools: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=1...Living Things and Nonliving Things is a great introduction to what makes something living. Kevin Kurtz uses bright photographs to illustrate his different points that will start great scientific conversations about different things in our world and what makes them living or nonliving. This text is going to be wonderful in classrooms within early STEAM lessons.
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.