World Animal Packet: This 70+ page packet helps kids learn about animals on every continent! It includes Montessori 3-Part Cards, Activity Sheets for every continent, printable continent cards, a world animal game, world animal pin map activity, and more!
The last two weeks I shared some of ED’s animal-related activities. She looked closely at the vertebrate-invertebrate groups and we talked a lot about the characteristics of the animals of the 5 vertebrate groups. This week I thought I would share an activity we did last year about the animals of the 7 continents. You can download those cards below.
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.
Another day, she identified and set out the satellite photos we have of the continents.
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:
World Animals Unit: This file has recently been expanded. It is now well over 70 pages!! This packet also now also includes 1) matching & tracing pages, 2) fun-fact tracing pages, 3) do-a-dot pages, and 4) outline maps for each continent. There are 5 activity sheets for each of the 7 continents.
Plus, it also includes a World Animals Game and World Animals Pin Map Activity:
If your kids love animals, they are going to have fun with these two new activities! In this fun board game, players race around the game board trying to be the first to collect an animal from each continent. If they are the first to cover all the continents on their player card, they win the game!
My kids have always loved the hands-on nature of pin maps. I added a new set of pages to make your own World Animals Pin Map activity! There is an answer key, so your kids can check their answers to see if they got everything right.
Animals of the African Savanna Worksheets and Activities: There is a section at the back of the packet (pages 83-110) specifically about animals of the African Savanna. It includes tracing pages, a matching page, self-correcting matching cards and blank notebook pages about each of the 25 or so animals covered in this packet.
Below is a link to purchase and download our World Animal Montessori cards and the World Animal Activity Pages (70+ pages). The Buy Now button will take you directly to Paypal. After payment, you will receive your pdf download immediately. You will also receive an email from SendOwl (the service I use) to your Paypal email address, which will have a link to download the file.
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World Animal Unit: Activity Pages and Montessori 3-Part Cards
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The World Animals Unit is included in both Big Animal BUNDLE options or in the Bundle of 2:
$19.99 Big Animal BUNDLE – This Bundle includes 8 PDF packets. 1) Animal Unit, 2) World Animals Packet, 3) Rainforest Packet, 4) Life Cycles Packet, 5) Winter Packet & Hibernation Unit Plus three mini-units on 6) wolves, 7) cicadas and 8) chameleons. See the Big Animal BUNDLE page for more details.
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Big Animal BUNDLE 2
Big Animal BUNDLE 2 includes all of the units above, plus the Mitten Activities Packet, Dinosaur Packet and the new Australia Packet!
$29.99 Big Animal BUNDLE 2 This second animal bundle option includes1) Animal Unit, 2) World Animals Packet, 3) Rainforest Packet, 4) Life Cycles Packet, 5) Winter Packet plus the 6) Cicada Packet 7) Chameleons Packet 8) Wolves Packet 9) Mitten Activity Packet 10) Dinosaur Unit and the 11) Australia Unit.
These units are all sold separately as well. See the Big Animal BUNDLE page for more details about each of these units.
Don’t forget to check your PayPal email address for the download link. You can always email me if you need help! ~Liesl
The Big Animal BUNDLE includes the Life Cycles Packet:
Life Cycles Packet: All living things go through changes as they grow and develop! This new 50+ page Life Cycles Packet helps kids become familiar with the different stages in the life cycles of the chicken, sea turtle, frog, mosquito, butterfly, dragonfly, bee, mouse, and ladybug. This unit includes worksheets, Montessori 3-part cards, spinners, ordering activity pages, writing pages, and more. Visit this post for more details: Life Cycles Unit
The Big Animal BUNDLE includes the Rainforest Packet:
The Big Animal BUNDLE also includes the Winter Packet (which focuses on Polar Animals and more)
The Hibernation Unit is in the Winter Packet.
If you have any questions or problems, feel free to email me! ~Liesl
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:
You might also want to check out some of our other packets including
NEW Life Cycles Packet: All living things go through changes as they grow and develop! This new 50+ page Life Cycles Packet helps kids become familiar with the different stages in the life cycles of the chicken, sea turtle, frog, mosquito, butterfly, dragonfly, bee, mouse, and ladybug. This unit includes worksheets, Montessori 3-part cards, spinners, ordering activity pages, writing pages, and more. Visit this post for more details: Life Cycles Unit See Our Store for even more of our packets:
Here is more about our 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.
And here is the animal characteristics checklist. We had amazing discussions about this because of all the exceptions (the sheet on the right):
What am I? – 5 Animal Group Worksheets
Plus, there are activities about insects vs. spiders, domesticated vs. wild animals, animal tracks and more!
Types of Animals Worksheet Packet, 30+ Page Packet: This packet 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.
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Earth Science Packet
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The Human Body Systems, Skeletal, Digestive, Circulatory, Muscular, Nervous, Endocrine Systems and More (with lots of hands-on activity ideas)! We usually study a different body system each year.
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Civics & Government Unit
American Revolution Packet
World Facts Packet
Do your kids know the 4 largest countries? Which countries have the most people? The longest river? This packet covers basic world and U.S. facts and also covers geographic features and land forms.
Geographic Features & Landforms (also in the World Facts Packet)
Ancient Egypt Packet
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