Is a Pumpkin a Living Thing? A Kindergarten Science Unit


In this unit, students investigate to define, understand, and use the terms living and nonliving in reference to the natural and designed world. They construct a set of criteria to identify the characteristics, processes, and needs of living things so that they can sort a set of objects (realia or photographs) into categories of living and non-living, and explain their reasoning. The purpose is to identify plants as living things and be able to support this idea with evidence.

ESTEEM Team Members
  • Autumn Funk, Castle Rock Elementary School
  • Carrie Beale, St. Joseph School, Redding
  • Jaimie Brauning & Linda Knight, Evergreen Elementary School, Yreka

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Content Area

NGSS Standard