This is an example of a useful chart that children can reference when determining if something is alive. It lists the characteristics of living things using words and pictures. This presentation format is helpful for students of different learning styles and ELL students because the chart uses two forms of communication. This would be useful to describe the basic needs of living things.
Long ago, the War-Khasis people of Meghalaya in northeastern India began forming the roots of the rubber tree into bridges that would give them passage over the river. The root bridges are extraordinarily strong and because they are alive and still growing, the bridges actually gain strength over time—and some of the ancient root bridges used daily by the people of the villages around Cherrapunji may be well over 500 years old.