Five Kingdoms

Introducing and exploring the five kingdoms is a lot of fun in the Montessori classroom.

I choose to stay with the five kingdom model for several reasons. Mostly because it is the norm in most countries, but also I think the difference between archaebacteria and eubacteria is not a necessary step at this point in the child's life. Classification of living things is always evolving and the five kingdoms model is a solid foundation for introducing theses concepts for elementary children.

It is also fun to talk about the progression of this type of classification. The Ancient Greeks began classifying plants and animals, and then later people began classifying things into three groups - animal, vegetable and mineral - until scientists discovered microscopic organisms which changed the way people regarded living organisms.

Making the Material

I have provided the template to make five pentagons - each one a different colour to correlate with the colour codes of the different learning areas. (Note: some people use yellow for fungi whilst others use orange - if you use yellow for geography in your environment I suggest using orange for fungi):

Included in the file with the template is the central card "Five Kingdoms" - you could also make your own by using the template and choosing a different image (if desired):

I mounted my title cards onto the card as not to waste card stock - but if you are making the definition cards it could be done then as well:

I chose my images for each kingdom and cut and glued onto the corresponding pentagon (I chose to cut my images into pentagons - this isn't necessary and is your choice*):

Description cards of each kingdom are also provided in the file:

I know some people like to cut out their materials before laminating - I personally like to cut after laminating. Prepare and assemble, then laminate!

The template file is HERE.

Happy classifying :)

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*If you would like the images as pentagons and are happy with the images I have used HERE is my file.

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  1. Om my goodness... I love you! (well, in a Montessori teacher to teacher kind of way!) Thank you so much for this. It is amazing. I love your blog and materials.

  2. This is wonderful - thank you!

  3. Thank you. It's amazing. Yesterday son asked me to materials concerning the kingdoms, and today I found this post. Very, very thank you.
    Greetings from Polish.
    I invite you (for now) to watch my Montessori posts. In the future, there will also be my materials. Sorry for the grammatical errors.

  4. I print the material! Thanks! But, I have a question, if I use orange for Fungi what color will be for Animalia? Because yellow is for geography in my material. Thanks again!

    1. Red for the animal kingdom :) Montessori used symbolism across all her materials, red being for blood. All of the important materials (think beads and fundamental facts) are in gold.

  5. Ya logré imprimirlo! Gracias, sustituí el amarillo y el anaranjado. Pero lo demás quedó genial!

  6. Ohhhh mG! Beautiful work!!! Just in time for me! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  7. This is so awesome! I have never seen this lesson presented in this manner!

  8. Thank you! This is a beautifully created work!