Compelling Whys
Temperament Styles

Outdoor scavenger hunt will appeal to students seeking fun and excitement

Other students will be engaged by the different animals and plants that will be explored in different ecosystems
Compare & Contrast

Students complete a Venn diagram to compare and contrast living vs. non-living things
  • Students go on a scavenger hunt for living and non-living things
  • Students move about playing charades
  • Students sort themselves into categories

Students will participate in a scavenger hunt and gather real items to classify that will appeal to their need for real learning.
Intuitive Feeling

Opportunity to discuss endangered animals, extinction and destruction of environment in small groups.

Students will be able to choose which living and non-living things they include in their charts. They will also decide on additional ecosystems to explore.

Students will complete a chart that lists features of living organisms including local examples
  • Students use fragrant markers
  • Students pass out index cards and materials
  • Student gather real items from courtyard like rocks, insects, leaves

Students will discuss living organisms after reading a magazine article which will engage abstract learners.
Intuitive Thinking

Lesson offers students the ability to plan for future conservation of the planet. This appeals to the scientists who display a strong sense of justice.

Students will have the opportunity to lead discussions or presentations
Activity: comprehension questions
Students will understand that living things are called organisms and have certain characteristics such as the ability to reproduce and move.
  • Students discuss with partners
  • Whole class discussions
  • Calls out clues
  • Read aloud with partner as option

Students will place items into the correct category (living or non-living) one at a time
Sensing Judging

Lesson uses clear directions and step by step activities that will appeal to the student that appreciates well-organized plans that scaffold to create balanced understanding of ecosystems and living vs. non-living things.

Students will realize which ecosystem they belong to. They will also belong to a specific research group.

Students will take the knowledge from the ecosystem observed and apply it to other ecosystems by identifying living and non-living things in other ecosystems
  • Posters are used as visual aid to show living and non-living things
  • Students write on index cards
  • Students read information
  • Students watch video clip

Students will understand the entire picture of all ecosystems (grasslands, desert, aquatic,…) that make up the world and be able to classify living vs. non-living things essential to each ecosystem.
Sensing Perceiving

Enjoys the action of outdoor scavenger hunt and variety of activities

Entire lesson appeals to students seeking basic survival skills as it explains necessary means of survival for all living things in various ecosystems and points out the importance of non-living things as well