Sorting pictures into the categories 'living' and 'non-living' in groups allowed for some interesting debates yesterday.
A dinosaur is living. Because it's an animal.
But they are extinct. So they are not living anymore.
Well a cockroach is an insect, so it's living.
But that one is on it's back. It died. It's not alive now.
I put this one in non-living, because it's food. And food is not living.
But that orange is still on a tree, and I notice you put other trees and plants on the living side.
I don't know about this one. It's an orange, but it's got something on it.
It's mold. Mold is growing on it.
If it is growing, then mold must be living.
Well, fried chicken is from chicken. And chicken is living.
But is it living now?
(Laughs) No, not now.
After each group agreed on how the pictures should be classified, they glued them onto Venn Diagrams and presented to the class and explained their thinking. Other groups questioned them on ones they disagreed with and groups revised their thinking.