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Living or Non-living? Colour by Code Worksheet

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Years: 3

Practice identifying living and non-living things with this colour-by-code worksheet.

Living or Non-living Worksheet

Are your students learning about living and non-living things? What does that mean exactly? Something that is living means that it grows and develops, uses energy, is made of cells, and needs food/nutrients in order to survive. 

With this worksheet, students will look at various pictures and determine which are living and non-living. Encourage the students to follow the colour key by colouring the living things blue and the non-living things orange.

Through this activity, students will show they can classify living and non-living things based on whether they have basic needs and produce offspring.

An answer key is included with your download to make marking fast and easy!  

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

In addition to independent student work time, use this worksheet as an activity for:

If students are up for a challenge, encourage them to draw different living and non-living things on the back of their worksheets.

For students who may need a bit of support, ask guiding questions such as, “Does it need food to live?” for each picture. Additionally, invite students to reference posters and anchor charts to help them determine if each picture is living or nonliving. 

Easily Download & Print

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. 

Because this resource includes an answer sheet, we recommend you print one copy of the entire file. Then, make photocopies of the blank worksheet for students to complete. 

Turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity by printing on cardstock and slipping it into a dry-erase sleeve. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them. 

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