Even in the year 2016, when we have all of the technology in the world right at our fingertips, the old-fashioned practice of handwriting notes in class continues to be the best method of learning. Actually writing things down on paper – not typing them, not plugging them into your iPhone, not listening to a recording or watching a video – is still the most effective way to memorize and comprehend the material.
Living and Non-Living Things... I'd change this a bit and use realistic pictures cut from magazines (glue onto construction paper or tag board and laminate for extra durability). Laminate the living/nonliving paper too. Use Velcro dots on the paper and the pictures to make a reusable and durable game.