Botany & Classifying

This post has been sitting in my draft box for some time waiting to be finished. I was prompted by my friends request for a plant classification chart (she's just getting started on her home-school journey).

In addition to the impressionistic botany charts, there is also the plant kingdom chart. This way of classifying plants comes after the types and parts of plants (or when the child shows readiness) and can lead into extended discussion of plants and the amazing work that they do.

I have made some title cards that can be used for free form classifying/sorting activities, they are not essential materials but I will be using them and thought I would share in case someone else would like them for their classifying activities:

You can also use them to make your own plant kingdom chart:

I gathered the images I wanted and then printed a 'contact' sheet so they were uniform and small enough to fit on the chart. If you print two contact sheets of the images you can make a mute and labelled chart at the same time. You could also print spare contact sheets for the children to make their own, although I personally prefer to have them draw the images.

Depending on whether you intend to laminate or not, choose your canvas accordingly - whether it be a large sheet of poster card or gluing two sheets of A3 card together (as I have done here):

Green card or green borders are traditional for the classroom setting - the one above is heading for my friends home-school and she requested a plain white background.

You can find the file for the {word} chart HERE.
The file for the title cards is HERE.
If you are making your own chart with pictures you can find a file with the labels for the types of plants in cursive and Montessori script HERE.

Happy classifying!

Free Human Biology Materials

Like botany and zoology, study of the human body begins with the external parts before going into the internal. The internal workings of the body (systems, etc.) usually begins in the upper elementary class, but you may have a child that gets there a little earlier or has a special interest.

So for my first ever "round-up" I am putting together some of the free resources I have been able to find (including my own).

External Parts of the Body
Beginning with the parts of the body, the child will then go on to focus on isolated parts. For example after the parts of the body you may then look at parts of the arm followed by parts of the hand.

I originally shared my external parts of the body nomenclature cards and charts in this post.

Montessori Soul also has a set of Parts of the Human Body cards.

I have shared my Parts of the Arm cards previously - they are in black and white (as traditionally these types of cards would be hand coloured by the teacher) - I will update these to include the red highlight (eventually!)

ABC Teach offer some free Parts of the Arm cards as well.

*NEW* Parts of the Hand cards

I updated my Parts of the Face nomenclature cards a while ago - again they are in black and white (on the "to be highlighted" list as well). Because I am making these for my class I hand colour, so it hasn't been a priority for me to create highlighted versions.

I also have Parts of the Mouth cards - these are available in both black and white AND highlighted (by request.)

I was all set to make and publish a nomenclature set for the types of teeth, but was really pleased to find a great set at Pinay Homeschooler.

Parts of a Tooth three part cards

I have planned to finish of my series with Parts of the Hand, Parts of the Leg and Parts of the Feet this year - stay tuned!

Internal Parts of the Body: Systems
Beginning with the skeletal system the sequence of introducing the various systems continues (as in my training) with The Muscular System, The Circulatory System, The Respiratory System, The Urinary System, The Reproductive System. This may not cover curriculum content that you may be required by regulating bodies but is easily extended into any such work.

The lesson given before exploring the internal work is the Great River, which I discussed in this post. I have mute and labelled black and white masters.

Montessori Soul: Parts of the Human Skeleton

Pinay Homeschooler: The Human Skeleton

The Helpful Garden: Parts of the Skeleton

The Learning Ark has some Internal Organs cards complete with definitions.

*NEW* I recently made some heart nomenclature cards which you can find HERE.

Beyond these it is difficult to find *free* nomenclature cards specific to various systems. There is a file on Box shared by Anjum Husain that has some resources - if you use Box you can find the files here. (I have seen many other blogs link to these files, but I will remove if there is an issue with sharing).

*NEW* from Max & Naoli Internal Organs 3 part cards

I hope to be able to add my own files in the future.

Other Montessori and Montessori Inspired Resources

The Helpful Garden has a set of Parts of the Eye nomenclature cards with blackline masters.

Suzie's Home Education Ideas also has some Montessori Inspired Parts of the Eye cards.

The Little Schoolhouse in the Suburbs has free Parts of the Womb and Baby Development Cards. I recently saw an activity that used baby development cards on a time line following on with photos of a child at various ages continuing along the timeline which would be fantastic to incorporate into the lessons on time.

They also have some Sense of Smell cards to share.

Suzie's Home Education Ideas has some great ideas for studying the body and has a set of Anatomy Cards to download.

If I have missed something I would love for you to let me know - either in the comments section or you can send me a pin on Pinterest.

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