Nomenclature
Vertebrates / Invertebrates
Early Science  /  Classifying
Plants / Fungi
Elementary Science
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  PLANTS  /  FUNGI

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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Flowers    
(FL1)
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



Nuts     (PK3)
Nuts are nourishing snacks and learning how they grow will make eating them all the more fun! This set of 22 two-color cards (5½” x 3½”) of plant and nut illustrations represents eleven edible nuts/seeds. The child pairs the illustration cards of the nuts in their growing stage to the cards of the nuts in and out of their shells. Make the activity even more successful by bringing the real nuts into the classroom. Purchase from: http://www.montessoriservices.com/nuts-cards



Plants We Eat       
(PK9)
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    
(PK9w)
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?    
(WP)
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


First Knowledge: Plant Stories     (PK7)
This set consists of 19 duplicate plant picture/text cards. One set is cut apart for 3-part matching activities, and the other set is placed in the green, 6-ring mini-binder labeled Plants. The teacher has the option of changing the cards in the binder as needed. The children can match the 3-part cards (6" x 3¾”) to the cards in the binder, practice reading, learn about the diverse characteristics of these plants, and then play “Who am I?” The eight angiosperms picture cards can be sorted beneath two cards that name and define Monocots and Dicots. These activities prepare children for later work with our Plant Kingdom Chart & Cards (see below), which illustrates the same plants. Limited quantities from: http://www.montessoriservices.com/1st-knowledge-plant-stories (our item number is EM19)


Plant Kingdom Chart and Cards     (PK6)
This chart, with 19 corresponding picture cards, organizes the plant kingdom in a straight-forward and understandable manner. Children match the color picture cards to the chart. On the back of each card is a description of the plant. Later, cards can be sorted under nine category labels. The durable plastic-paper chart (24" x 24") can be wiped-clean. The card-stock picture cards and category labels are laminated; some cutting apart required. Informative teacher information is included. Purchase from:  http://www.montessoriservices.com/plant-kingdom?q=pk6& nsearch=one_redirect and http://big-picture-science.myshopify.com/collections/botany


Fungi    
(FK4)
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. 
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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


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