Vertebrates / Invertebrates
Early Science  /  Classifying
Plants / Fungi
Elementary Science


Leaf Characteristics     (PK1)
This card set introduces simple vocabulary to describe the physical features of 40 North American tree, garden, and house plant leaves. There are two engaging sequential activities: a sorting exercise that introduces the vocabulary of leaf margins, veins, and types; and a classification activity that uses the vocabulary with 20 trees and 20 plants native to North America. 

First, the child sorts nine characteristic cards onto the three labeled control cards (Leaf Types, Leaf Veins, and Leaf Margins). In the second activity, children select one leaf card (e.g.,hickory) and find its corresponding characteristic cards. Children then place selected characteristic cards onto the blank Leaf Identification card. Older children can identify the characteristics of real leaves the way botanists do. 

This material includes 3 control cards and a blank Leaf Identification card (10½" x 5¼"), 40 leaf cards and 9 characteristic cards (3"x 4"), presentation suggestions and classification charts for the teacher. Laminated card stock. 
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This set is designed to help children recognize and to name 20 common flowers, many of which are commercially available throughout the year. This duplicate set of picture cards can be used in simple matching exercises, or in 3-part matching activities if one set is cut apart. The 40 photocards (3¼” x 4") are in full-color and laminated. Flower background information is included for the teacher.  Purchase from: http://www.montessoriservices.com/flowers

Plants We Eat       
Learn more about food plants and their different edible parts. This set classifies 18 plant foods into six groups: roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds. A duplicate set of 18 labeled picture/definition cards (6" x 6") shows plants in their growing stage with only their “food” portion in color. One set of picture/ definition cards is spiral bound into 6 control booklets that include definitions of the root, stem, leaf, flower, fruit, and seed. The other set of picture/ definition cards are to be cut apart for 2 or 3-part matching exercises. Plant description cards can be used for “Who am I?” games with our plant picture cards or with real foods. Both cards and booklets are laminated. Purchase from http://big-picture-science.myshopify.com/collections/botany/products/plants-we-eat  OR  Purchase from: http://www.montessoriservices.com/plants-we-eat

Plants We Eat Replicards    
Six replicards are photocopied to produce worksheets for an extension exercise using our set Plants We Eat (PK9). Children color and label the worksheets, which illustrate three plant examples for each of the following groups: roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds. The Plants We Eat booklets serve as controls. After worksheets (8½” x 11") are colored and labeled, they can be cut apart, stapled together, and made into six take-home booklets. These booklets may generate lively family dinner-table discussions: “A potato is a what?”  Purchase from: http://www.montessoriservices.com/plants-we-eat-replicards

Plants - Who am I?    
This beginning activity for lower elementary strengthens both reading and listening skills, and provides children with simple facts about 10 plants. The set consists of duplicate, labeled picture cards with descriptive text and features plants different from those in the First Knowledge: Plant Stories (see below). The set of cards with text ending in “Who am I?” is cut apart into 10 picture cards, 10 plant name cards, and 10 text cards. The other set is left whole. Cards are used for picture-to-text card matching exercises and for playing the “Who am I” game. Cards measure 6½” x 4" and are in full color and laminated.  Purchase from: http://www.montessoriservices.com/plants-who-am-i-wp

Plant Kingdom Chart and Cards     (PK6)
This chart organizes the plant kingdom in a straight-forward and understandable manner, with simple definitions and plant illustrations. First, plants are categorized as Non-Vascular or Vascular Plants. The Vascular plants are then divided into Seedless Plants or Seed Plants with additional subdivisions and representative plant examples. Children match the 19 plant cards (21/4” x 3”) to the chart. A plant description is on the back of each card. To see the plant classification in a different format, the plant cards can be sorted under nine category labels, which you produce by photocopying the replicard (easy instructions). The durable plastic-paper chart (24" x 24") can be wiped-clean; the plant picture cards are in full color and laminated. Informative teacher information is included. Purchase fromhttp://www.montessoriservices.com/plant-kingdom?q=pk6& nsearch=one_redirect and http://big-picture-science.myshopify.com/collections/botany

Members of the Fungus Kingdom have a wide variety of forms. Children see fungi everywhere, such as mold on food, or mushrooms on the lawn. This duplicate set of labeled picture cards shows 12 common fungi found indoors and out. Fungi illustrated: blue cheese fungus, bolete, coral fungus, cup fungus, jelly fungus, lichens, mildew, milky mushrooms, mold, and morel. Background information is included. Pictures cards (3½” x 4½”) are in full color and laminated. Purchase from: http://www.montessoriservices.com/fungi-cards

Fungus Kingdom Chart & Cards    (FK3)
This classification of the Fungus Kingdom organizes 18 representative fungi into four major groups and two important fungal partnerships: Chytrids, Yoke Fungi, Sac Fungi, Club Fungi, Lichens, Mycorrhizae. Children match the 18 picture cards (2-7/8” x 2-3/8”) to the pictures on the 2-color chart (18" x 16"). After this activity, they can sort the picture cards under the label cards for the 5 fungus groups, using the chart as the control. Description of each fungus type is printed on the back of the picture cards. Background information is included for the teacher. This chart is printed on vinyl and does not need to be laminated. Purchase from: http://www.montessoriservices.com/fungus-kingdom