5 kingdoms of life. Montessori

After the Second Great Lesson, I wanted to introduce to Rascals the concept of 5 kingdoms of life. I was wondering whether to use the old classification (Monera, Protista, Fungi, Plantae, Animalia) or the newer one with three domains (Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukarya). Finally, I just decided to mix them to make things easier to understand. After all, N is only 6 years old and this classification will be enough for now.

I love the materials found on Elementary Observations and at first, I was planning to simply use them (changing the language to Polish). But recently we’re facing a problem with our morning work cycle and temporary I had to change my approach – instead of preparing materials for Rascals and presenting the lessons, I include them in the making process.

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I prepared coloring pages with drawings found online and printed 4 copies – one for me and one for each Rascal (I figured V would join us sooner or later). I also prepared colour papers, pentagon metal inset, black pencils (for tracing insets), coloured pencils, scissors, and glue.

Additionally, I gathered in a basket photos of bacterias and protists I used during the Second Lesson with some figurines for the plant, animal, and fungi kingdoms.

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While we were colouring, cutting and pasting I was able to tell a bit more about why and how we classify living organisms as well as short characteristics and few curiosities about each of them.

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After the cards were done I once again explained N the different classes and then she worked on sorting the figurines and photos. S has almost finished his cards but at the end, he was too tired to keep on colouring and cutting so later he worked with the cards made by me.

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In the afternoon I laminated my cards and left the activity on shelves. I also printed and attached the name and description cards.

N asked me to laminate her cards as well because she wanted to make a booklet out of them. Before laminating I printed the short descriptions for her as well so she could paste them in her booklet (sorry, no photos of the booklet!).

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