Antarctica Unit 2 with Free Printables

Antarctica is my favorite continent to study.  I love everything about it.  Visiting the continent is definitely on my bucket list of things to do in life.  My kiddos share my enthusiasm.

Dinomite, Bulldozer, and Princess completed an Antarctica unit study a couple of years ago.  This year, it's Sunshine's turn.  I am so excited about the activities in our Antarctica Unit 2 with free printables.
Montsesori-inspired Antarctica learning activities and free printables for kids.
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Here's what Sunshine's been up to!

Language


Writing in the Snow
Writing in the snow using a salt tray.
Sunshine has practiced writing her letters using her salt tray this week. The salt represents snow.  Our Sunshine enjoys using her finger to draw letters, but also uses a penguin at times.  Montessori Sandpaper Letters are provided as a control, as Sunshine can trace the letters when needed.

Antarctica First Letter Sort
Antarctica first letter sound sort with free printable
Sunshine is working hard to learn the sounds that correspond with the letters she's trying to write.  This activity encourages that, as she sorts picture cards by their first letter and sound.  I have labeled each picture card as a control for Sunshine.  Once she's more comfortable with the sounds and how the activity works, I'll cut off the labels and only use pictures.

Source: I created the printable for this activity as part of my Antarctica Unit Printable Pack 2.  For your free copy, click on the subscriber's link at the bottom of this post.  This is a subscriber's only freebie.  If you have already subscribed, you will find a link to the printable in your most recent newsletter.

Math


Penguin Subtraction
Penguin subtraction activity with free printable.
Sunshine is starting to understand how to subtract numbers. In this activity she is subtracting penguins as they jump out of the water.  I just love the picture on this printable. It makes me smile every time.  Sunshine is using penguin figures as counters and frosted glass beads as markers.

Source: I created the printable for this activity as part of my Antarctica Unit Printable Pack 2.  For your free copy, click on the subscriber's link at the bottom of this post.  This is a subscriber's only freebie.  If you have already subscribed, you will find a link to the printable in your most recent newsletter.

Antarctica Patterns
Antarctica pattern activity with free printable.
Sunshine thoroughly enjoys pattern activities.  She especially likes this one as it includes images of animals from Antarctica.  Each individual cut out image is matched up to a pattern strip provided.

Source: I created the printable for this activity as part of my Antarctica Unit Printable Pack 2.  For your free copy, click on the subscriber's link at the bottom of this post.  This is a subscriber's only freebie.  If you have already subscribed, you will find a link to the printable in your most recent newsletter.

Science & Culture


Penguin Puzzle
Montessori penguin puzzle
Sunshine loves our Montessori puzzles. I purchased this penguin puzzle specifically for her.  She enjoys taking it apart and putting it back together.  When she is able, she can also practice tracing each piece of the puzzle on to paper to create her own penguin.

Plants in Antarctica
Plants in Antarctica activity with free printable
Sunshine's favorite subject is botany.  If there is a botany activity on the shelves, she's a happy girl.  In this activity Sunshine will be introduced to vascular and nonvascular plants that live in Antarctica.  There aren't many of them, but the purpose of the activity is to teach that there is plant life on the continent and to learn the definitions of new plant vocabulary terms.

Source: I created the printable for this activity as part of my Antarctica Unit Printable Pack 2.  For your free copy, click on the subscriber's link at the bottom of this post.  This is a subscriber's only freebie.  If you have already subscribed, you will find a link to the printable in your most recent newsletter.

Penguin Mother and Baby Match Up
Penguin Mother and Baby Match Up
The last time Sunshine studied penguins she was confused by the differences between adult and baby penguins.  They all look so different.  This activity is being used to help her understand these concepts.  Sunshine uses a picture of an adult and baby penguin and then finds the adult and baby that matches each pair card.

Source:  This free printable for this activity can be found at Trillium Montessori.

Sensorial & Practical Life

Penguin Shapes
Penguin shape match up activity
Over the past few weeks, Sunshine has shown an intense interest in learning about shapes.  This activity was created to encourage further learning and exploration.  Montessori Metal Insets are used in this activity to provide hands-on manipulation and dimension.

Source: The idea and set up for this activity can be found at Living Montessori Now.  The free printable for this activity can be found at Life Over C's.  

Pouring Ice Crystals
Pouring "ice crystals" activity
It's been a while since Sunshine has done a pouring activity, especially one that includes a solid.  Sunshine is doing quite well at pouring the "ice crystals" aka acrylic beads from one glass jar to the other.

Tweezing Snowballs
Tweezing "snowballs" activity
In this activity Sunshine transfers "snowballs" aka white pearl beads from one glass bowl to the other using the tweezers provided.  The key to success with this activity is to make sure the beads are large enough for her to grab easily.

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Sunshine is having so much fun with her Antarctica activities.  We hope that your child loves them just as much!

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