Procedure to Follow
Show the students the living and nonliving thing. Discuss the meaning of living and the meaning of nonliving.
Place the nonliving stuffed toy in a safe place, like a cardboard box with some food and water. Have the students observe if it moves, eats or drinks. Have them draw a picture in their science journals and indicate their findings. *Note- you may have to refill the water only due to evaporation.
Follow the same procedure for the living thing.
After one week, have the students review their journals and lead a guided discussion about the differences between the live animal and the stuffed animal. Point out that you would expect that the nonliving thing did not move, eat or drink because it is not alive. Chart the differences and post in the science center.
Take a walk around the school or play-yard and have students name living and nonliving things. Beforehand, have a conversation or lesson plan about plants and trees. Living and nonliving instruction should be a Kindergarten unit.
As an extension, have the students find living and nonliving pictures in magazines and glue/label them in their science journals, or have them draw and label pictures of what happened in this discovery lesson.