Life Processes and Needs of Organisms

Young Children Learning About Living Things: A Case Study of Conceptual Change from Ontological and Social Perspectives

This paper can be used with CTS sections II and IV to explore young children's conceptions about whether something is living. Recommendations are provided for teaching strategies that focus on conceptual change.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Venville, G. (2004). Young Children Learning About Living Things: A Case Study of Conceptual Change from Ontological and Social Perspectives. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Vol 41(5). Pp 449-480.

Understanding Primary Science - pp 16-19 Life and Living Processes

This section of the book provides an overview of living processes and the concept of living. This book is an excellent resource for elementary teachers. Originally published in the UK, the book is designed to explain science ideas and concepts to elementary teachers with a limited science background.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Wenham, M. (2005). Understanding primary science: ideas, concepts, and explanations. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Sorting Living and Non-Living Things

Supplement for Section IV- Video shows a teacher eliciting first and second graders ideas about living vs. nonliving things.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Harvard Smithsonian Digital Video Library <http://www.hsdvl.org/video.php?record_serial=228&source=4>
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