Montessori-inspired Fish and Water Unit with FREE Printables

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We are thoroughly enjoying our fish unit right now.  Every activity has been loved by the kiddos.  Here's what we've been up to!

Language:
"sh" Sounds of the Ocean
We are almost finished with the Montessori Blue Series, so I thought it'd be okay to introduce a phonogram from the Green Series for this activity.  Bulldozer is very interested in letter sounds right now.

In this activity the kiddos will sort through the sea creatures in the bowl.  If their name has the "sh" sound, they will place them on the Montessori Lower Case Double Sandpaper Letters.  Those who do not have the "sh" sound in the their name will be placed to the side.  Each creature has it's name written on it as a control.  All those with the "sh" sound in their name are fish. Those without the "sh" sound are not.

Safari Ltd TOOB figures used in this activity and others in this unit include:

Math:
Dividing Goldfish
The kiddos have now learned how to add, subtract, multiply and divide with ease.  I thought our fish unit would be a great time to review some of the operations they've learned.  In this activity the kiddos will divide Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers among the fish bowls provided to answer the math problems on each card. Glass Gems are being used for markers in this activity.  When finished kiddos can eat one goldfish cracker for every problem they've answered correctly.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my Fish Unit Math Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click at the link at the bottom of this post.
  
Multiplying Swedish Fish
It seemed only natural to practice our multiplication skills for this unit as well.  The kiddos will use the Swedish Fish as counters to answer the problems on each card. Clear Gem Glass Confetti is being used as counters for this activity.  Once again, I permitted the kiddos to have one Swedish Fish for every problem they answered correctly.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my Fish Unit Math Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click at the link at the bottom of this post.


Science:
Parts of a Fish
I am amazed by how much my kiddos love our Montessori Wooden Fish Puzzle.  It is such a fabulous tool in helping the kiddos learn about the parts of a fish.  When using this activity the kiddos match up each body part to the cards provided.

Source:  The free printable for this activity can be found at The Helpful Garden.

Fish "Who Am I" Cards
My kiddos love "Who Am I" cards.  Bulldozer chooses the activity everyday.  I love listening to him read each card to figure out which picture card it matches up with.  He's come so far with his reading.

Source:  Jason created the printable for this activity as part of the Fish Unit 2 Science & Culture Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Fish Dangers
As many know, Dinomite loves learning about predators of all kinds.  For this unit he asked to learn about why and when fish are dangerous.  In this activity the kiddos will match up information cards with picture cards. Each information card tells how the fish catches it's prey, if it's dangerous to humans and why.

Source:  Jason and Renae created the printable for this activity as part of the Fish Unit 2 Science & Culture Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Creatures of the Ocean Sort
Princess and Bulldozer have become a little confused about which sea creatures are fish and which ones are not.  This activity has helped them a lot.  The kiddos will sort the cards into two columns, "Fish" and "Other."  As a control, each card says fish, echinoderm, mammal, etc. on it.  The figures are provided for the kiddos to match up with picture cards.  They've really enjoyed this.

Source:  Jason and Renae created the printable for this activity as part of the Fish Unit 2 Science & Culture Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Culture/Geography:
My Book of Continents and Oceans
I never anticipated just how much the kiddos would love this activity. To be completely honest, I was nervous they wouldn't touch it after I presented it.  Boy was I wrong.  All three kiddos are so proud of their books.

The purpose of the activity is to help the kiddos learn the names of the oceans and where they're located in relation to each continent. Each page of the book shows a continent with lines above, below, and on each side of it.  There the kiddos write which oceans and/or continents surround each other.  A compass is provided on each page as a control, to help them remember which direction they're looking in.  To find answers, the kiddos are using our Explorer World Desk Globe.

Source:  Renae created the printable for this activity as part of the Fish Unit 2 Science & Culture Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

My Book of Land and Water Forms
There are many ways to learn about land and water forms, several of which we've done in the past, however I wanted to take things to the next level this time around.  The kiddos are making their own books of land and water forms, drawing and labeling them on each page.  At first they were hesitant, but now they very much enjoy the activity.

Source:  Renae created the printable for this activity as part of the Fish Unit 2 Science & Culture Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Major Rivers of the World
We've learned about various water forms. The kiddos have learned about oceans.  Until now, we hadn't studied rivers.  This activity is an introduction to the subject.  There is so much information packed in these cards.  As a control I colored a dot the same color as the Montessori continents on the back of each of the river cards.  Dinomite was so excited to tell me which rivers he already knew about.

Source:  This printable for this activity can be purchased for a small fee at The Pinay Homeschooler.

Sensorial/Practical Life:
Caring for Fish
As part of our unit, we introduced fish into our learning environment.  Fish are the first pets the kiddos have ever had. The experience has definitely been an adventure.  I'll be writing about it more in another post soon.  But for now, know that the boys each have three fish that they've named and are responsible for.  The day this picture was taken was the glorious day when there was enough algae in the fish tank to buy an algae eater.  Who knew that day would be so exciting for the boys. Lol.

For those interested in the printables for this unit, click on the links below.



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3 comments:

  1. Wow! So many great ideas!Thank you for the inspiration!

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  2. You create the BEST printables! The division and multiplication trays are fabulous. :)

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