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Animals and Their Characteristics (Free Worksheet)

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Last week I shared the vertebrate and invertebrate sort cards that I made for my daughter.  I also wanted to go over the characteristics of the various vertebrate animal groups with her.

As she sorted the animal groups we talked about some of the characteristics of each group… fish and amphibians lay their eggs in water, reptiles and  birds lay their eggs on land and so forth.

We did this several times over the course of a number of days. Once she knew all the characteristics fairly well, I brought out a matching page. She had to match one of the characteristics (such as warm blooded) with all the animals that had that trait.

I also pulled out some sheets from a science book I bought for ED at the beginning of the school year.  She did several pages from that book that week as well. We love the fact that our pets always come to check out what we’re doing and hang out with us! :)

If you are interested, you can download this free by clicking on the link:

Characteristics of Animals:

I also included an answer sheet.

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Free Montessori Cards: Vertebrates-Invertebrates; 5 Vertebrate Groups

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

It is animal week for my youngest daughter. We’ve been touching on vertebrates and invertebrates since the kids were little, but I wanted to go back and make sure ED really knew the characteristics of these groups and how animals are classified.

First, we went over the difference between Vertebrates and Invertebrates again. We brought out our model frog skeleton again for a closer look!

Then she went over the 5 Vertebrate Groups. She did this a number of times over the course of a couple of weeks.

We store these (and other Montessori-style cards we have) in a clear pencil case:

If you are interested, you can download and print out your own set of vertebrate and invertebrate cards (and their labels).

Free Montessori Cards: Vertebrates-Invertebrates and the Five Vertebrate Groups

Someone asked where I got the frog skeleton. I actually bought it used from a friend, but I see that Amazon sells it. It is called a Transparent Bullfrog. We pull the skeleton out several times a year and have found it really useful. It’s a really nice size–about fourteen inches or so.

Be sure to see the related posts:

  • Animals and their Groups: Free Montessori-style cards (coming soon)

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Free Living-Non Living Montessori Cards

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Behind the scenes I’ve been getting things ready for our upcoming science units. ED will be doing a bit of animal classification review and I made some new cards for her. I realized, though, that if any of my readers have younger kids in the 2-4 age range you’ll want to start off with a simple living and non-living card sort. Here are a set of cards that you can download free to use with your kids:

Free Living and Non-Living Montessori Cards

Characteristics of Living Things:  Here is some information to cover with older kids.

  • Living things are made up of units called cells
  • Living things reproduce
  • Living things are based on a universal genetic code
  • Living things grow and develop
  • Living things obtain and use materials and energy
  • Living things respond to their environment
  • Living things maintain stable internal environments – most organisms must keep internal conditions such as temperature and water content fairly constant to survive (homeostasis)
  • Taken as a group, living things change over time

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Various Free Montessori 3-Part Cards

Friday, October 18th, 2013

This week, I’m out of commission. I’m having some pretty major ear surgery this week and I plan to lock the bedroom door and let my amazing and wonderful in-laws watch the kids while I recover. In the meantime, I wanted to leave you with something to look through.  I picked out some old posts that might be of interest. This post includes links to some of the Montessori 3-part cards I’ve made over the years:

Animals Around the World:

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. These continent cards are available free at ETC Montessori (along with some other really nice free Montessori materials.)

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:

If you are interested, you can print out your own world animal cards.  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. Here are the  free 3-Part Montessori Cards — Animals of the 7 Continents:

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:



Related Posts:

  • World Biomes Pin Map – This is perfect when you are studying the biomes — savannah, grasslands, tundra, deserts, etc.:

Here’s what it looks like once it is made. I first laminated the map.  Under the map,  I place a couple sheets of foam and a piece of cardboard. I place contact paper around all the layers to keep it together.

Rainforest Unit and 3 part Cards: See what we did with these cards and get the links to download here–Rain Forest Plants

Forest Animal Sort Cards (into mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians)

 Montessori 3-Part Cards on Nocturnal-Diurnal Animals 

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Science Activities (4-6yr olds): Nocturnal – Diurnal Animals (Free 3-Part Montessori Cards)

Friday, September 20th, 2013

This week ED and I read two books together: What Makes Day and Night and Totally Amazing Night Animals.  She really enjoyed both of them and we added in some activities to go with these books.

After we read through What Makes Day and Night, we spent a lot of time in the dark bathroom! First I held the flashlight and shined it at her as she spun around like Earth. Then we got out the globe and we spun it around as she watched:

Then we spent several days reading through the really fun book, Totally Amazing Night Animals. It has little snippets about all kinds of night critters.  It’s an amusing book with great pictures and cute cartoon type drawings on each page.  My kids have TOTALLY loved this entire series (though you’d have to buy it used at Amazon).

I couldn’t find quite what I wanted free out on the web, so I quickly made a set of Montessori type cards of Nocturnal and Diurnal animals.  All of the kids took a turn sorting through the cards. ED also matched the names of the animals to the cards once she had sorted them. If your child is younger, you can have them match the pictures as well, but ED didn’t have any interest in doing that this time round.

You can download the free Montessori sort cards that I made here: Nocturnal and Diurnal Animals Montessori 3-Part Cards


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Have a great day! ~Liesl


You might also be interested in these related Montessori posts where you’ll find other free Montessori 3-part cards I’ve made over the years.

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