Project objective

– Be able to distinguish between living and non-living objects;

– Name the conditions necessary for plant life;

– Make a 3D model of a rose

Teacher’s guide

– In the practical part of the project, the students work in a group of 3-4 students.

– Pupils should be introduced to topics like wildlife/plants.

– Before starting the experimental part, introduce and provide the students with all the necessary materials.

– Provide brief instructions on how to work with scissors and plasticine.

– Explain the PBL (project based learning) rubric to the students at the beginning of the lesson. Skills 4K (critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, presentation)

Safety in Steam lessons

Before we begin the lesson, teachers are advised to familiarise themselves with the safety procedures. If necessary (if using items specified in the PPE), brief the students. Go to Safety in Steam lessons

Theoretical part

All living things have important qualities: they are born, grow, eat, breathe, move and die. They need food, heat, water and air to live. Living nature includes not only humans, but also animals, plants and even micro-organisms. The study of living objects is the subject of a very broad and important science – biology.

  • Animals

Animals include all the animals, birds, amphibians and insects on our planet. Throughout the history of the Earth some animals have disappeared, and some have changed dramatically. Animals can be carnivores and herbivores, domesticated and wild. They adapt to the conditions where they live, and animals can be found anywhere in the world, from scorching deserts to the icy Arctic.

  • Plants

The world of plants is very large and diverse. Without them, there would be no life on Earth, because plants produce the most important gas for breathing – oxygen. They also absorb harmful carbon dioxide, which is very bad for human health and the planet’s climate.

Plants are an important source of food for humans and animals. But you have to be very careful because plants can be edible (fruits, nuts, grains, vegetables) and inedible (flowers, ornamental grasses and shrubs).

  • Man

Man, of course, is one of the objects of living nature. Thanks to his intelligence, ingenuity and intelligent planning of his activities he has managed to conquer the entire planet. But just like animals, plants and micro-organisms, he cannot live without food, air and water.

Inanimate nature
Non-living objects include air, water, soil and minerals. They were first at the creation of our planet, and that is why non-living objects are often referred to as primary.

They can be in three states:

  • solid (rocks, mountains, sand, ice);
  • liquid (water, cloud, mist, oil);
  • gaseous (steam, air).

Non-living objects do not breathe, reproduce or feed. They can increase or decrease in size, they can move around in space, but only under the influence of external factors. As they are not born, they never die.

Иконка прогноза погоды, изометрический стиль — стоковый вектор

Practical part

Step 1.  Take coloured paper and cut out 10x10cm squares. From one paper we will have 4 squares

Step 2.  Now fold the finished 4 squares into a triangle

Step 3.  Fold 2 more times to form a triangle in the same way

Step 4. Draw a flower petal onto the triangle and cut it out

Step 5. Then we should have a flower like the one in the picture. We should end up with 4 flowers

Step 6. Now cut out a petal for each flower,

First flower – 1 petal.

Second flower – 2 petals.

Third flower – 3 petals

Fourth flower – 4 petals

Step 7.  Glue all the flowers together with paper glue.

Step 8. Assemble all the flowers with PVA glue. 

Step 9. Take the paper and cut out 6x8cm, fold the finished paper into a rectangle, then fold it into a triangle from the corner 

Step 10. Draw the leaves of the flower onto the triangle and cut out

Step 11. Take a drinking straw that will be like a stem and use plasticine to attach our flower to the top of the straw

Step 12. Now attach the leaves with plasticine to the tube, and attach the end of the tube with brown plasticine (this will be the soil) to a 14x14cm cardboard paper, and with the other plasticine we attach it as a root


In this lesson the students have learned what is living and non-living nature. Also how plants are born. And made their own 3D model of a flower.

     On this project, each pupil is awarded a STEAM title, by category:

– You have researched on your own, how plants come into being, you are a true scientist – a biologist!

– You have developed teamwork skills by working in pairs