Zoology Roundup

I haven't really posted much on the subject of Zoology so I thought I could remedy that with a round-up post. Initial elementary work will overlap with work done in the Casa, but as the child is entering the second plane of development they are moving from the sensorial to the intellectual, capturing their imagination and sense of awe - building and expanding upon the child's experiences.

Initial Activities

Natural World Chart and Introductory Animal Research (aka question and answer game) from Montessori for Everyone. The question and answer game is usually used in conjunction with the animal pictures from the animal story cards.

Question & Answer Game as early research

Vertebrate and Invertebrate Sorting from the Helpful Garden

Vertebrate/Invertebrate Sorting from The Home School Den

First Knowledge of the Animal Kingdom (animal stories) from Montessori on a Budget

Animal Stories from ETC Press


Classes of vertebrates cards along with nomenclature cards for each class (fish, amphibian, reptile, bird and mammal) from The Helpful Garden.

When I made my materials for vertebrates I used a fish, frog, sea turtle, chicken and cow, the images that I created for these are what appears on the free zoology papers I created (the link for which is at the bottom of the post). I have included a couple of my black line master pages in the links below.


Types of Aquarium Fish from Trillium Montessori

Shark matching and Fact cards from The Pinay Homeschooler

Types of Sharks cards from Every Star Is Different

Parts of a Fish by Anjum Husain

And an all NEW material from me Parts of a Shark cards - these are a set of three part cards which are part of an upcoming shark pack to be released soon.


Life Cycle of a Frog cards from Montessori 123

Parts of a Frog by Montessori Soul

Parts of a Frog and definition booklet by Montessori Print Shop

Life Cycle of a Frog nomenclature cards and control chart from The Helpful Garden


Parts of a Turtle cards from Anjum Husain

My Turtle black line master sheet


Parts of a Chicken from Free Montessori Resources

Parts of a Chicken from A Mama and Her Mama

My Chicken black line master sheet

Parts of a Turkey from Montessori Workjobs

Bird Riddles


Parts of a Whale from Free Montessori Resources

Parts of a Baleen Whale from Trillium Montessori

My Cow black line master sheet

Vital Functions of Vertebrates

A Mama and Her Mama have an overview of the vital functions, more of a comparison chart - look for animal particulars in their biology file

Studying the vital functions of vertebrates
I am hoping the next time I do this presentation to take photo's and share in a post.


Invertebrate sorting with title cards (title cards are with the PDF version and not in the photobucket) from Rogue Montessori


No free printable's but  a good information source with animated gif HERE

Parts of a Porifera definitions at Pinegreen Woods


Montessori 123 have Parts of a Jellyfish five part cards


Body functions and External Parts definitions at Pinegreen Woods


Parts of the Snail cards by Montessori Mom - there are some links to other resources as well.

Parts of a Snail from Free Montessori Resources

Parts of a Snail from Montessori Soul


Montessori 123 has Parts of an Annelid cards available


The Pinay Homeschooler has a fabulous Arthropod Chart for free along with some insect cards and fact cards.

This Arthropod Chart from Montessori For Everyone icludes

Parts of a Grasshopper cards from the Helpful Garden

Parts of a Butterfly with definition booklet

Parts of a Butterfly package for 'likers' of Montessori For Learning

Parts of a Spider and Parts of a Butterfly by Montessori Soul

Parts of a Stink Bug along with definition cards from This Practical Life

Parts of a Bee from Carrots are Orange

Parts of a Cricket and Parts of an Ant from Free Montessori Resources

Parts of a Hermit Crab and pet care instructions from Montessori Workjobs

Insect Riddles


Parts of a Crinoid diagram at Fossils, Facts and Finds

Parts of a Starfish definitions from Pinegreen Woods


External Parts definitions and Body Functions from Pinegreen Woods

Other Related Resources and Extension Ideas

Animal Cell 3 part cards from Making Montessori Ours

Chinese Box cards from Montessori For Everyone

Title Cards for sorting and DIY Chinese box work

Herbivore/Carnivore/Omnivore title cards for sorting

Header cards for sorting activities

Phylum picture and definition cards

Zoology Paper

Every Star Is Different has tonnes of free animal cards by continent Australia, Africa, South America, North America, Europe, Asia, Antarctica and by topic BirdsInsects, Reptiles & Amphibians by Continent, and Marine Animals

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Studying the Solar System {with a Freebie}

How Small the Earth Is & The Sun's family

Children are often fascinated by magnitude of our sun and solar system and by providing them with pictures and activities that reveal the scale of the planets in relation to each other they can appreciate and grasp this concept more clearly.

As an extension of the Sun and Earth chart I have created these cut-outs of the planets to scale. The file has a black and white master set (which can be printed onto whatever coloured card/paper you prefer) as well as set with coloured planets and a control sheet.

We started with the white set which I laminated onto A4 cards - the initial focus being the different sizes of each planet. I put the name of each planet on the reverse side as a control of error. The cards can be ordered by planet sequence as well as ordered by size.

I also created the colour set, that I laminated and cut out, as a way to allow further investigation and comparison of size, by using the control chart it is easier to see which planet is which with the colour coding.

You could also cut a large yellow circle from A2 paper to include the sun to scale. There is plenty of scope to adapt these for yourself.

I also created a set of solar system Who Am I? cards that the children can use in a group, in pairs or independently. These are similar to what you might use for first knowledge of zoology or botany.

For introducing this material I find it is often best to do it in a group with children of various ages, where the older children can help the younger ones read the question cards and work together to find the answers. It is a highly engaging and enjoyable way to spark interest in learning more about the solar system. They also make a good revision exercise for older children.

You can find the Planets to Scale Freebie HERE.

You can find the Solar System Who Am I? cards HERE.

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