As I mentioned on Friday, ED has been working on her world geography. She has spent a couple of weeks going over the 7 continents again and working with some Montessori 3-part cards I made for her. They are probably available elsewhere, but I wanted both small cards to place on each continent and some larger ones so she could work on word-matching.
As she sang the 7-continents song (that I mentioned on Friday), she looked at the animal cards for each continent and placed them on the proper continent. Come see our 7 Continents Song you-tube video over at this post… the kids sang through the the song to help someone (overseas) learn the tune!
She did this with a large world map we have:
Another day, she identified and set out the satellite photos we have of the continents. The the large continent cards are available free at ETC Montessori (along with some other really nice Montessori materials). (UPDATE: These appear not to be free anymore. More recently I made a set of map printables that you can get here: Free World Map Printables)
Once she was pretty familiar with the animals on each continent, I brought out the Montessori 3-part cards. I printed out two sets of each and cut out the animals and word labels. She had to match them to the picture.
At the end of the week, I challenged her to match the word to the picture (without the control card)!
We also brought out all our plastic animals and she spent a couple of days sorting those onto the world map as well:
She also did a sticker activity of the world animals. We got a set of 12 from Oriental Trading:
Below is a link to purchase and download our world animal cards. The Buy Now button will take you directly to Paypal. You will receive your pdf download immediately. You will also receive an email from SendOwl (the service I use) which will have a link to download the file. The file is 9 pages. They come both as large cards and as smaller versions of the same cards. I’ve been doing this activity with the kids since they were about 3 years old.
If you have any trouble, be sure to email me – liesl at homeschoolden dot com
These World Animal 3-Part Cards are now $2.00.
After I made this post, someone overseas asked me if I could teach them the 7-continents song. The kids made a little video to show how we used these cards. Here’s the post — Kids Sing the 7 Continents Song. Or click on the picture which will take you to the post where the video is located:
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- You might also be interested in last weeks post where I shared the free Montessori World Pin Map.
- Rainforest Plants (from around the world)
Recently, we did a new Animal Unit. We went into more depth about the characteristics of the 5 animal groups (plus covered the classification of invertebrates, animal tracks, domesticated vs. wild animals and other things.
Plus, there are activities about insects vs. spiders, domesticated vs. wild animals, animal tracks and more!
Types of Animals Worksheet Packet, 30+ Page Packet: My daughter is now in Grade 2 and we are doing a new unit on the types of animals and on the Biosphere (more about that here-Biology Unit – The Biosphere, Biomes, Habitats, Biological Interactions and more. The biology unit is for older elementary). I made a new set of materials for her which we did in December 2015. It covers the 5 types of vertebrates and goes over the main characteristic of each vertebrate group: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish. It also covers many of the invertebrate groups starting with the differences between insects and spiders. Then going into more detail about some of the other invertebrate groups: crustaceans, mollusks, echinoderms, porifera, and others. Plus, it has a huge section on animal tracks (fun to do in the winter!) and has a bit about food webs, though we’ll really go into depth about that in our unit on the biosphere which we’ll do immediately following this unit.
The Animal Unit packet is well over 30 pages. This is now available for purchase. It is $4.00.
You can find out more about it at this post (which shows in more detail what is included): Animal Unit: Types of Animals Worksheet Packet (30+ Pages)
Once you pay for this packet, you will immediately receive a link to download this file (which will open in a browser window). You will also receive an email from Sendowl (the service I use), which will have a link you can click on to download the Animal Unit. (It will say, “You can download your digital products…” with a clickable link.) Of course, if you have any issues just email me at — liesl at homeschoolden dot com. You can also reach me by using the contact form on the blog or can reach me over at our Homeschool Den Facebook Page.