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DEFINITION OF LIVING THINGS

Living things have three main traits: They grow, take in nutrients (that means food and water), and reproduce (which means they make more living things like themselves). Non-living things do not grow, need nutrients or reproduce.

To better understand living vs non-living things…

DEFINITION OF LIVING THINGS. Living things have three main traits: They grow, take in nutrients (that means food and water), and reproduce (which means they make more living things like themselves). Non-living things do not grow, need nutrients or reproduce. To better understand living vs non-living things…

LET’S BREAK IT DOWN!

Living things grow.

closeup of kitten which is living

An animal, such as a kitten, gets bigger and bigger and becomes a full-grown cat. A plant, such as a flower, starts from a seed and grows taller and taller. A non-living thing, like a rock, doesn’t grow.

Living things grow. An animal, such as a kitten, gets bigger and bigger and becomes a full-grown cat. A plant, such as a flower, starts from a seed and grows taller and taller. A non-living thing, like a rock, doesn’t grow.
closeup of kitten which is living

Living things need food and water.

woman waters plants

In science we say that they take in nutrients. An animal, like a kitten, takes in food and water through its mouth. A plant, like a tree, takes in nutrients through its roots and leaves. A non-living thing does not take in nutrients.

Living things need food and water. In science we say that they take in nutrients. An animal, like a kitten, takes in food and water through its mouth. A plant, like a tree, takes in nutrients through its roots and leaves. A non-living thing does not take in nutrients.
woman waters plants

Living things reproduce.

desert landscape with cactus growing

A mother cat and a father cat will make more cats. Plants