Animal Life Cycles (FREE Learning Material)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

We are still continuing our vertebrate study and at this point we are exploring the life cycle of each group.  The aim of this study is to compare the life cycle of each group, to differentiate their development and identify their similarities as well.

Prior to this, I introduced the Animal Kingdom and the Vertebrate group.

To start off, we have The Life Cycle of a Frog for amphibians. Printable materials used here are my Animal Kingdom file, Vertebrate Sorting Cards and the Animal Life Cycles FREE printable.  The link to the file is at the end of this post.

Animal Life Cycles (FREE Learning Material)

Introducing Vertebrate Animals to Kids

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mavi was very excited when I told him that we'll be sorting out animals according to their classification.  This was his long awaited activity and he was so happy that we get to finally do it (my cards were completed).

So after our talk about the Animal Kingdom and how the classification of the Vertebrate animals differ, I gave him our Vertebrate Sorting Cards to classify each of the animals in the cards based on their group.  First, we read each definition card of each group to know more about the features of their members. Then he sorted his Safari TOOB Animals and Schleich Animals according to their groups.

Introducing Vertebrate Animals to Kids

The Animal Kingdom and Vertebrate Sorting Cards


A few weeks ago, I created these learning materials to explore the Animal Kingdom with Mavi. He has been obsessed with animals again and dinosaurs as well! So I was thinking that its probably the best time to get him into this study.

Here are the materials that we have used in the following activities, "Exploring the Animal Kingdom for Kids" and "Introducing Vertebrate Animals to Kids".

  • 6 pictures of amphibians
  • 6 pictures of reptiles
  • 6 pictures of fish
  • 6 pictures of birds
  • 6 pictures of mammals
  • master control chart
  • definition for each animal classification
Montessori Vertebrate Sorting Activity Cards
  • The Animal Kingdom MASTER Chart in A4 SIZE
  • Chart with pictures only (no labels) in A4 SIZE
  • Chart with labels only in A4 SIZE
  • Chart with no pictures and labels in A4 SIZE
  • 15 cards with pictures and labels  to form the chart
  • 15 cards with pictures and  no labels (for 3 part card use)
  • 15 label cards (for 3 part card use)
  • Matching definition cards
The Animal Kingdom
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FREE Bird Unit Pack for Preschoolers (Part Two)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

As promised, here's the second part of my Bird Unit Pack for your little ones!  Enjoy!

 

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Oh and don't forget to download the first part as well :)

 

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Thank you once again!

Springtime is Flower-time! (part deux)

Friday, April 25, 2014

To continue my previous post on flowers... here are the other activities we tried:

Flower Addition and Equation Matching.  In this activity, I printed out addition cards using flower heads.  The purpose of this activity is to match the addition cards with the proper equation in addition. 

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Flower Pattern Matching.  I made some tricky patterns and printed it twice for Mavi to match.  This can be also be played as a memory game.

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Math Addition.  Using the flowers we created in my previous post, we played a game of guess the total number of flowers using the flower equation cards that I made.  I showed him an equation and he had to "stick" the correct number of flowers in the playdough for the answer.

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Parts of a Plant. We made a model of a plant using the flowers and popsicle sticks. I made him identify the parts. I took out our Parts of a Plant Nomenclature and Booklet material for him to read and check his work.  The plant version you see below is my work.

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You can the Plant Nomenclature and Booklet by clicking the image below.

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And here is Mavi's version.  He wrote the labels on his own.

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Free Bird Unit Pack for Preschoolers (First Part)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Because my Facebook page has reached a thousand likers.... I am giving this super cute Bird Unit Pack for all my readers! But wait! There's more!  This is only the first part... the second part of the file will be published and again will be given away for free in the next few days so keep coming back for updates.

So to all my readers thank you!  Your comments and personal messages meant so much to me.  It inspires me as much as my blog inspires you!  Cheers to everyone!

If you are ready to receive the pack... just click on the image below. Enjoy and I hope you'll like it!

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Springtime is Flower-time!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hi everyone!  There are lots of daffodils growing in the yard and Mavi has been constantly picking them up for his "collection".  So to make use of the flowers I pulled out our flower nomenclature cards and told him that he will need to dissect the daffodils to learn about its part.

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Since we did this activity a few years ago, he was so excited to do it again.  Kids love to do this!  I know how dreadful it is to learn about the parts of a flower (with all those weird names).  But if you get to this activity with your kids, with a tactile activity, they will definitely learn faster and the retention is much better.

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As we dissect the daffodil, I would ask him questions like "how does the petals feel like?", "why do you think that some flowers are yellow some are red?".  As we go along, I also discuss the functions of each parts.  He mentioned that his favorite parts are the petals and the stamens because according to him, these makes the flower look beautiful.

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If you are interested, you can this Parts of the Flower and Definition booklet by clicking the image below:

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Afterwhich we read our book How Flowers Grow and look at the pictures of the different kinds of flowers around the world.

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I was also inspired to make flowers in popsicle sticks.  I love how these flowers turned out!   You can place them in a vase and stick them using a playdough or clay :)

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In our case, we found a purpose for these flowers in our math activity which I will talk about in my next post, so stay tuned!

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Exploring the Animal Kingdom for Kids

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hello everyone! Mavi is still on a school break this week so we'll be busy doing lots of "home" school activities.  Thank goodness the weather is getting warmer, Mavi gets to play in the yard, digging dirt and "fossils" LOL.

Speaking of which, he's currently obsessed with dinosaurs and with animals in general.  So while he's at it, I took the chance of introducing him to the Animal Kingdom.  I released this file last week so if you want to check it out, just click the image below for the link.
The Animal Kingdom Learning Material
To start with, here's my presentation of the chart.  In my printable file, there are 8 invertebrate animals and I used common animals so kids learning them can easily identify the specific group.  The presentation of the chart to Mavi went smoothly.  He was really surprised that there are animals that doesn't have a backbone. 
The Animal Kingdom Learning Material
As we went along with the presentation, I made him the definition or fact cards that goes along with each of the animal. I made sure that the information I wrote in those cards were interesting enough for a 5 year old :)  We will further discuss Mollusks and Arthropods in the next few weeks for an additional knowledge of their subclass (group types).
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He learned that some animals can be both a boy and a girl!  And look, we added some animal figures as well and that includes jelly worms!
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When we reached the Chordates (Vertebrates) he got really excited as this was the part that he's familiar with.
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He was so excited because he wanted to put his animal figures under each subclass of the Vertebrate animals LOL.
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And yes... that includes the dinosaurs!
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So classifying animals on what subclass (amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds and fish) they belong to is another activity that we delve into. And that would be on my next post... so stay tuned!

PS.  I was a little bit hesitant to introduce this subject to Mavi.  But I was surprised that he was attentive all throughout our lesson.  He even patiently read all the description cards for me.  I am happy that he was able to grasp the concept immediately, that not all animals are the same, that they are grouped so we can easily identify their features and understand their characteristics and uniqueness. 
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The Animal Kingdom Learning Material

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

While Mavi is enjoying his school camp, I grabbed the opportunity to make this learning material so we can use it in the next few days (when the camp is over) before he goes back to school at the end of April.

I'm so happy that my laminator arrived yesterday and I was busy laminating these cards (thus my absence in blogging).

This is my Animal Kingdom learning material.  It is a PDF file which you can download from here, The Animal Kingdom Learning Pack, or by clicking the pictures below.  It consist of the following:
  • The Animal Kingdom MASTER Chart in A4 SIZE
  • Chart with pictures only (no labels) in A4 SIZE
  • Chart with labels only in A4 SIZE
  • Chart with no pictures and labels in A4 SIZE
  • 15 cards with pictures and labels  to form the chart
  • 15 cards with pictures and  no labels (for 3 part card use)
  • 15 label cards (for 3 part card use)
  • Matching definition cards
The Animal Kingdom Learning Pack
Oh they look so lovely once laminated! Don't mind the lines on that image of the starfish.  That's just my printer who's already low on ink :(

The Animal Kingdom Learning Pack
So the file has 9 invertebrates and 5 vertebrates and they all come with definition cards that you can read with your kids (or let your kids read them if they are already a reader).

The Animal Kingdom Learning Pack
Hope you like it! Thank you!

Golden Beads Addition

Thursday, April 10, 2014

On days that we're not doing any "themed" activities, we work on our bead materials and lately the golden beads has been a favorite in the house.  Technically, this activity is good for 2 or more participants but since we have no other kid at home that can participate I volunteered for that position :)

So this is a simple addition "game" as I always tell my son.  Using our small number cards, I would create a random 4 digit number for both of us and we're going to fetch the equivalent of that number using the golden beads. 

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Then someone has to add or combine them all together to determine the total.  But since we don't have a third person to do that, my son and I did this together.  We combined our beads and counted them.  I made him identify the number of thousand cubes, hundreds, tens and ones. 

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Using the small number and large number cards, I made him add the numbers to check whether our counting with the golden beads is correct.  Here I showed him that we can add quantities by combining or manually counting, but it always easier to do the addition using the technique below.

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  Here's the layout of our work.DSC_0585And we did a few more.  I also made him use the activity sheet (Stamp Game sheet) from Montessori Printshop so he can practice writing 4 digit numbers.

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Though it's a good activity for addition, it is quite overwhelming for one child to do.  After a few work on numbers he complained that its tiring.

Next, we'll attempt to have a Stamp Game.  We'll see how he'll react to it :)

Bird Unit Activities

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Son's request was for us to have another bird unit (click here for our previous lessons).  So here are the activities and materials I have gathered for this week's unit study.

Bird Nomenclature and Definition Cards.  Whenever we study animals, I always start by introducing the different parts of the animals and how they function.  I just have to say we've been using 3 part cards method and it has accelerated my son's reading.

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Following the nomenclature and definition, my son always works with the activity sheet identifying the parts.  Here he can make his own booklet of bird parts using colored pencils and crayons. 

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Bird parts booklet.  This method enables my son to practice his spelling and a much deeper understanding of the bird parts.

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Bird species matching.  I provided bird pictures in the my Bird Pack which we use to identify the different species of birds. We use our Safari Toob bird collection (and Schleich too). DSC_0254

 

Bird's feet classification.  I made a table of the different types of bird's feet and list down the bird (figures) that we have.  This activity aims to identify the the bird's habitat and lifestyle.

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Similarly, I printed out a picture of the different shape of the bird's beak from here.  With this activity Mavi will be able to tell what the birds eat.  This activity was inspired by this one.

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Bird's colors.  Because Mavi loves to color, I collected these images from the web.  The aim of this activity is for Mavi to color the birds based on our figures.

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The nomenclature cards, definition and bird cards were also from the Bird Pack.  Click the image below for the link.

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