Classification of Five Kingdoms Chart and Cards (5K) These classification materials provide elementary children with a conceptual framework for the living world. They illustrate the 5-kingdom system, which is an excellent foundation for understanding the diversity of life. Our 2-color poster (16" x 21") Classification of the Living World organizes life into five kingdoms: Prokaryote, Protist, Fungus, Animal, andPlant. The illustrations and brief text, written for younger readers, emphasizes the characteristics of each kingdom. The organisms shown on our 2-color plastic paper chart (18" x 32"), Five Kingdoms of Life, are also reproduced on 27 labeled picture cards (2¼” x 2¾”). Children match the individual picture cards to the pictures on the chart. Text on the back of the cards describes the characteristics of each organism, including relative size. Using the Chart as a reference, the child can also sort the 27 picture cards under 5 Kingdom label cards (4½” x 1¾”) with descriptive text. Teacher background information is included. The plastic chart does not need to be laminated.
Animal Kingdom Classification Chart and Cards (AK15) Explore the diversity of animal life with this classification chart, which illustrates 42 animals of 11 major phyla. The phyla are arranged in order of increasing complexity from sponges on the left to chordates on the right. The animals illustrated for each phylum are examples of the major classes. Both vertebrate and invertebrate chordates are shown. This arrangement allows children to see the structure of the whole kingdom and prepares them for further study. Children match the individual picture cards (2-7/8” x 2-3/8”) to the pictures on the plastic paper chart (18" x 32"). Picture cards have text on the back that describes the animal. More advanced students can focus on the characteristics of particular phyla, using the phylum description cards provided. Information is clear, current, and an excellent foundation for studying the time line of life. The chart does not need to be laminated.
Animals Who am I? (WA) This
beginning activity for lower elementary strengthens both reading and
listening skills, and provides children with simple facts about 10
diverse animals. The set consists of duplicate, labeled picture cards
with descriptive text and features animals different from those in the
First-Knowledge: Animal Stories. The set of cards with text ending in
“Who am I?” is cut apart into 10 picture cards, 10 animal-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.
First-Knowledge: Animal Stories (AK14) This set consists of 42 duplicate animal picture/text cards. One set is cut apart for 3-part matching activities, and the other set is placed into two red, 6-ring mini-binders labeled “Animals”. The teacher has the option of changing the cards in the binders as needed. The children can match the 3-part cards (6" x 3¾”) to the cards in the binder, play “Who am I?”, practice reading, and learn the characteristics of animals from 11 major phyla. These activities prepare children for later work with In-Print’s set, Animal Kingdom Chart and Cards, which has the same animal illustrations.
Leaf Characteristics (PK1) This set introduces simple vocabulary to describe the physical features of 40 North American tree, garden, and house plant leaves. First - The child sorts 9 leaf characteristics cards (3" x 4") onto 3 control cards (10-3/8” x 5¼”) that identify characteristics of Leaf Types, Leaf Veins, and Leaf Margins. Second - After learning the 9 characteristics of leaves, it is time to describe the 3 characteristics of just one leaf. A leaf card is selected from the 40 leaf cards provided (3" x 4"). The child selects the 3 characteristics cards (type, venation, margin) that describe that leaf, and places them on the blank Leaf Identification card (10-3/8” x 5¼”). Real leaves can be used in this exercise as well. Background information is included for the teacher.
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.
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.
Plant Kingdom Classification Chart and Cards (PK6) Our 2-color plastic paper chart and 4-color and laminated cards represents the current classification of the plant kingdom – the same as is used in secondary and college level biology courses. This classification organizes the plant kingdom in a straightforward manner with simple definitions and examples under each heading. First the plants are categorized as either Nonvascular Plants (Bryophytes) or Vascular Plants. Then the Vascular plants are divided into two groups: Seedless Plants or Seed Plants. Seed Plants are divided into two groups: Gymnosperms and Angiosperms with sub-categories. Nineteen picture cards (2¼” x 3") illustrate the currently recognized phyla of the plant kingdom. Children match the 19 plant picture cards to the pictures on the chart (18" x 32"). Text on the back of the picture cards describes each plant. Advanced students can recreate the chart with the title cards provided, using the plastic paper chart as a control of error. Background information is provided.
Classification of the Fungus Kingdom Chart and 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 plastic paper 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. (FK3)
Elements Around Us (MC1) When children understand that everything around us is composed of chemical elements, they will wonder what elements are found in familiar objects. This duplicate set of picture cards show 20 subjects with text that identifies the chemical elements in each. Cut one set of picture cards apart to make 3-part matching exercises. Background information and lesson suggestions are included for the teacher. Cards (3¼” x 4¾”) are in full color and laminated.
Elements Around Us Replicards (MC1w) The 20 subjects illustrated in our Elements Around Us set are duplicated in black line in this set of 6 replicards. Replicards (8½" x 11") are photocopied to make worksheets. After the children have completed the Elements Around Us card-matching exercises, they use the worksheets to record the information found on each card. We include a blank form so children can draw their own subject and record its elements. A cover sheet is provided so completed worksheets can be stapled together and made into an “Elements Around Us” take-home booklet.
Element Knowledge (MC3) This set presents two activities. First: Challenge the student to learn element names, atomic symbols, and their atomic numbers. Both sets of rigid vinyl element-name and symbol cards are cut into strips (222 1" x 4" strips). Cut the atomic symbols off one set of the name strips (111 1" x 1" tiles). The element-name strips and symbol tiles are used for 3-part matching and for sorting under label cards with titles and definitions for solids, liquids, gases, metals, semimetals, and nonmetals. Second: Reinforce knowledge of element names and atomic symbols, in addition to introducing groups of elements with similar characteristics. Ten large rigid vinyl cards are printed on two sides, providing two activities for each element group. Cards list and describe associated groups of elements, either a chemical group, such as halogens, or a functional group, such as elements of the atmosphere. Using the element-name strips and atomic symbol tiles, the child completes a card by placing either the element name strips or atomic symbol tiles in the blank boxes. The cards give useful and memorable information that will reinforce overall element knowledge. Background information and lesson suggestions are included for the teacher.
Element Knowledge Replicards (MC3w) Photocopy these 10 replicards to make worksheets to provide 20 additional exercises using our vinyl card set, Element Knowledge (see above). After completing an Element Knowledge card, a child can duplicate the exercise by recording the answers on these worksheets (8½” x 11"). The repetition of writing down the element names and symbols will strengthen recall and understanding of 10 associated groups of elements. Children can keep their worksheets as a record of their work, and can use them to share their element knowledge with others.
Introduction to Matter and Energy (BP2-3) These six newly redesigned exercises help children to solidify their knowledge of matter and energy and present them with common terminology they will need in future explorations. Each exercise has two 9½” x 13” cards. One card is cut apart to create a sorting exercise, and the other is left whole for self-checking. Matter and Energy - Sort 20 label cards under two categories: matter or energy States of Matter - Sort 15 everyday things under 3 categories: solid, liquid, gas Changes in States of Matter - Match 8 descriptions of changes in matter to 8 verbs describing the type of change. Energy - Sort 12 familiar conditions or actions under 2 categories: potential energy or kinetic energy Heat Transfer - Sort 9 types of heat movement under 3 categories: conduction, convection, or radiation. Energy We Use - Sort 15 cards under 3 categories: Energy Source, Is it renewable?, and Why is it renewable or nonrenewable?
Physical and Chemical Changes (MC5) Everything living and non-living experiences change. Learning to distinguish between physical and chemical changes is an important step for further exploration in chemistry. This set of 12 picture cards shows everyday objects before and after a physical or chemical change, such as an egg raw and then cooked, and a glass whole and then broken. Children sort the picture cards under labels (2" x 9½”) that clearly and simply define these physical and chemical changes. Background information and lesson suggestions are included for the teacher. Cards (4¾” x 3-1/8”) are in full color and laminated.
Parts of an Atom Diagram (AT2) Before understanding matter, children must learn about atoms. Atoms are the basic building blocks of matter. This set of duplicate diagrams illustrates and defines an atom and its 5 significant parts. The six definition cards are cut off one of the diagrams. The child reads the definition cards and relocates them alongside the atom illustration. The duplicate diagram card serves as the control. Background information and lesson suggestions are included for the teacher. Cards (6¾” x 13") are in full color and laminated.
Classification of Matter Chart and Cards (MC4) After children become familiar with atoms and elements, they are ready to classify matter. Sixteen picture cards represent two main categories of matter, pure substances and mixtures, in four groups: chemical elements, compounds, homogeneous mixtures, and heterogeneous mixtures. The child places picture cards on the plastic chart (18" x 32"), using the information on the back of the card as the control. The picture cards can also be sorted under six label cards (2-1/8” x 4½”) that duplicate the text on the chart. Background information and lesson suggestions are included for the teacher. Cards (3½” x 3¼”) are in full color and laminated.
The Periodic Table of the Elements (MC2) ALL NEW! This up-to-date and one of-a-kind magnetic-receptive chart provides a first introduction to the periodic table. It is simplified to show only key data. The base grid identifies elements as solid, liquid, or gas at room temperature. One hundred eighteen magnetic vinyl tiles show the atomic symbols and atomic numbers of the elements. In addition, the tiles are color-coded to identify the elements as metal, semi-metal, or nonmetal. The child places the magnetic tiles on the chart by matching atomic numbers. (Note: All 118 tiles stay in place, even if the chart is displayed vertically.) This set includes an 11” x 16” chart of the completed periodic table, which lists the elements and their atomic numbers along with their attributes and origins. Also included is a smaller version of the same chart you can photocopy for the children, and background information and lesson suggestions for the teacher. The flexible vinyl chart (13” x 25”) is backed with adhesive so you can mount it on a rigid board of your choosing.