Natural vs. Man Made - Further Exploration

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Students will be able to determine if an item is from nature or man-made by completing a sort.

Big Idea

Discerning whether an item is from nature or man-made can be a challenging task for kindergartners. This lesson gives them extra practice.


10 minutes

This lesson is a review lesson on whether items are from nature or man-made. This lesson is not only a science lesson, but works well as an introductory social studies lesson as many state standards include "identifying natural resources" as an introductory standard for kindergarten.

 To begin the lesson, we gather around the SmartBoard.  I say to the students, Yesterday, we started to learn about things that were from nature and things that are man-made.  What does it mean when something is from nature?  That's right. It means that humans had nothing to do with it. It is something that nature creates. What does it mean if  something is man-made?  Right, humans had something to do with it. They made or created it.

These questions help spark the students' memory as to what was previously taught.  It also et the stage for the learning that will happen during today's lesson. 

I then say, Today we are going to review what types of things are from nature an what things are man-made.  Let's take our Smartboard spots and see if we are able to sort some things out as to whether they are from nature or man-made. 


10 minutes

Te review portion of the lesson includes a SmartBoard file that has an interactive sort.  Click here to download the file.  If you have an interactive whiteboard other than a Smartboard, you can open this file using Smart Notebook Express. I have also included a PDF of the sort so it can be recreated using other media if needed. From Nature or Man Made PDF of Smartboard Slide

I say to the students, We are going to show how we can tell the difference between things that are from nature and thing that are man made.  You are going to move and sort the items into the correct group on the Smartboard.  Because I want my students to develop their reasoning skill and be able to support their decision, I say to them, I want you to tell me why you think it belongs in that group. 

I call on students to come up to the SmartBoard and sort the items.  Each time, I ask them to tell why they moved that item to that category.  I want them to have practice supporting their answers with evidence.  After they are done sorting, we check our work by selecting the appropriate button on the SmartBoard.  The students then go back to their seats to get the directions for the next part of our lesson.

Review Activity

15 minutes

Materials Needed:



Card should be printed and posted around the room. Make one copy of the recording sheet for each student.

I distribute the recording sheet to the students and have them write their name at the top of the page. I then say to the students, Posted around the room are pictures.  You need to find the pictures and decide if they are they are from nature or man-made.  Find the letter that is on the card and then look for that same letter on your recording sheet.  Circle on your sheet your answer.  If you are having problems deciding where one goes, just raise your hand and I will help you out. 

The students begin circulating around the room and looking for the cards.  I observe and assist the students by asking clarifying questions.  See video



5 minutes

To wrap up the lesson, I collect the cards from around the room and I then go through the cards with the students as a group. The students will get a little more exposure to this concept as we will continue to expand on it with lessons on natural resources and products.