Task: Research and compare living things with non-living things

Classroom work pre-visit

Activity: Ask the children to explore what makes something a ‘living thing’?

At the cemetery

Activity: Point out a selection of large ‘objects’, eg a bench, gravestone, tree, bird, building, bicycle, person, and ask the students which are living and which are non-living (groupings). How do they know which is which?
Activity: In pairs, ask students to collect a given number of small living and non-living objects which they then group together. Pairs can compare their collections and talk about why they have placed them in different groups. Using the worksheet, students draw the ‘objects’ they have collected or seen in the cemetery.

Classroom work after the visit

Activity: Bring together the children’s ideas and challenge any misconceptions.
Activity: Prepare a wall chart with the key ideas.

Supplementary question:
Was it easier to find non-living or living ‘objects’?