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Seashells – Links for a Montessori Unit Study

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Below, are links for a complete summer seashell unit study. These PreK and K-8 links will lead you to articles, hands-on activities and other exercises that are compatible with the Montessori classified reading cards, phonics, grammar, creative writing, science, social studies and other extensive lesson plans found in Montessori lesson planning

Montessori Classified Reading Cards and Other Aids to Learn About Seashells

http://www.seashells.org/
Classifying Seashells

http://www.netposterworks.com/science/aquatic/shells.html
Shells & Conchology Educational Posters

http://www.netposterworks.com/science/aquatic/crustacea_mollusks.html
Crustaceans & Mollusks Educational Posters for Science Classrooms, Homeschoolers

http://www.workshopplus.com/productcart/pc/viewprd.asp?idproduct=33&idcategory=0
Seashells of the World

http://www.workshopplus.com/productcart/pc/viewprd.asp?idproduct=6&idcategory=0
Seashells of North America

http://www.workshopplus.com/productcart/pc/viewprd.asp?idproduct=2615&idcategory=0
Take a Beach Walk

http://www.seashell-collector.com/
Seashell Collections

http://pers.dadeschools.net/prodev/shells.htm
Fun with Seashells

http://www.nsta.org/publications/press/extras/seashell.aspx
Comparing Seashells

http://www.montessorimaterials.org/science/crustaceans.pdf
Crustaceans – Free Montessori Cards for Classified Exercises

http://www.justmontessori.com/blog/seashells-and-starfish/
Seashells and Starfish – Integrated Montessori Learning

http://www.ehow.com/how_2984_collect-seashells.html
How to Collect Seashells

http://www.iloveshelling.com/blog/seashell-identification/
Seashell Identification

http://www.seashells.org/alltheseashells.html
Seashell Identification guide

http://desertcrafter.blogspot.com/2012/03/sea-shells.html
Sea Shells (Plus Free Printables)

Sensory Exercises/Motor Development Involving Seashells

http://ourgoldenapples.wordpress.com/2005/10/12/montessori-tray-seashell-sorting/
Montessori Tray, Seashell Sorting

http://montessoritraining.blogspot.com/2009/06/mystery-bag-in-montessori-classroom.html#.uaodiutvevs
Seashells in the Mystery Bag

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California Seashell Company – Click Here for Seashell Collections and Seashell Resources

Music, Literature and Art Lesson Planning Sites about Seashells

http://theguilletots.blogspot.com/2011/06/sea-shells-all-around.html
Montessori Seashell Crafts

http://www.ehow.com/info_8050905_ideas-seashell-crafts.html
Ideas for Seashell Crafts

http://seashellcrafts.net/seashell-crafts-for-kids/
Seashell Crafts for Kids

http://summer-vacation.holidayscentral.com/kids-and-crafts/seashell-pencil-holder-craft#.uao0qetve0c
Seashell Pencil Holder

http://www.mamaandbabylove.com/2013/02/18/shells-and-the-reluctant-crafter/
What Do You Do with 1,000 Shells?

http://www.kidskonnect.com/subjectindex/15-educational/science/406-shells.html
Shells – Kids Konnect (Many links to seashell website for interdisciplinary study)

http://nicadez.blogspot.com/2012/08/seashells-by-sea-shore.html
Seashells by the Sea Shore!

http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/summer-beach-artscraftideaskids.html
Summer &; Beach Crafts for Kids: Ideas for Summer Arts and Crafts Projects

http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/large-seashell-kid-projects-9683.html
Large Seashell Projects for Kids

http://www.seashells.org/legend.html
Legend of the Sand Dollar

http://www.ehow.com/info_8644317_activities-teach-students-seashells.html
Seashell Literature

http://www.brighthubeducation.com/preschool-crafts-activities/117286-two-sea-shell-poems-and-crafts/
Crafts and Poems for Preschooler

http://schoolhouseteachers.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Shell-Metaphor-Poem.pdf
Shell Metaphor Poem

http://seashellmusic.com/?page_id=128
Video Tutorial – Sea Shells

http://seashellmusic.com/
Sea Shell Music

http://ww2.valdosta.edu/~kkkrickel/topic.html
Seashells Mapping – Language Arts

Math Related Seashore Resource Links for Elementary and Middle School Students

http://livingmontessorinow.com/2011/06/28/montessori-at-the-beach-numbers-and-counters/
Montessori at the Beach;: Numbers and Counters

http://www.maa.org/publications/periodicals/loci/seashells-the-plainness-and-beauty-of-their-mathematical-description
Seashells: The Plainness and Beauty of their Mathematical Description

http://www.nsta.org/publications/press/extras/seashell.aspx
Seashell Anticipation Guide

http://www.monroemontessori.com/content/classes/math%20word%20problems%203rd%20gr.pdf
Math Story Word Problems

Science Related Seashell Links for Elementary and Middle School Students

http://www.ehow.com/list_6495742_science-projects-seashells.html
Science Projects on Seashells

http://liveandlearnfarm.com/tag/elementary/
Homeschooling on the Beach – Part I

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/writing_bug/writing-bug-if-seashells-could-talk.shtml
A Seashell Lesson: Writing for Detail and the Scientific Process

http://www.scholastic.com/magicschoolbus/games/experiments/seashells.htm
Seashells by the Seashore

http://66.147.244.213/~njseagra/images/education/lessonplans/seashell_mapping.pdf
Seashells Mapping

http://www.workshopplus.com/productcart/pc/viewprd.asp?idproduct=234&idcategory=33#details
More Fun with Nature (Section about Seashells)

http://www.homeschoolfcgs.com/product_info.php/products_id/1599
Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mad-about-shells.html
Mad about Seashells

http://www.homeschoolfcgs.com/product_info.php/cpath/14/products_id/1599
Seashells, Crabs and Sea Stars

http://www.schoolmasters.com/categories/productdetails.cfm?product_id=11394&category&bc2=2&div=sc
Seashells of North America

http://www.schoolmasters.com/categories/productdetails.cfm?product_id=05444&category&bc2=2&div=sc
Seashells of the World

http://www.nsta.org/publications/press/extras/seashell.aspx
Seashell Q-W-L Chart

http://www.ehow.com/list_6495742_science-projects-seashells.html
Science Projects on Seashells

http://www.educationworld.com/a_tsl/archives/05-1/lesson030.shtml
A Seashell Lesson: Writing for Detail and the Scientific Process

http://thehomeschoolscientist.com/sea-shell-identification-lesson-2/
Seashell Identification Science Lesson

For additional Montessori lesson planning, please visit
http://www.amonco.org/
American Montessori Consulting

Enjoy!
Heidi Anne Spietz

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Montessori Summer Gardening Unit Study

Below, are links for a complete summer gardening unit study. These PreK and K-8 links will lead you to articles, hands-on activities and other exercises that are compatible with the Montessori classified reading cards, phonics, grammar, creative writing, science, social studies and other extensive lesson plans found in Montessori books.

This unit study was brought to you by Heidi Spietz. To learn more about Heidi, click here.

Montessori Classified Reading Cards and Other Aids to Learn About Summer and Year Round Gardening

Make Your Own Classified Reading Cards for PreK – Grade 5
Nurturing Budding Botanists – Learning and Teaching the Basics
of Plant Science

Names of Flowers in English, French and Latin
Names of Vegetables in Spanish with Pronunciation Key
Names of Fruits in Spanish – Spanish Vocabulary
Names of Fruits in Spanish – with Pronunciation Key
Free Flash Cards – Vegetables – English
Free Flash Cards – Vegetables – English
Free Flash Cards – Vegetables – French
Fruits and Vegetables – Frutas y Verduras
Vegetable Names in European Languages
Names of Flowers in English, French and Latin
Mature Flower Diagram Clip Art
Plant Cell Wall Diagram Clip Art
Summer Flowers – Names and Facts
Northwest Coloring Book Scientific Plant Name Index
Let’s Study About the Cycle of a Flowering Plants and Trees
– Extension of Montessori’s Classified Reading Cards for Elementary Students

Plant Identification by Characteristics (Reference Guide)
The Garden Game

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Sensory Exercises/Motor Development Involving the Study of Summer Gardening

Sunflower Seed Activities (Pre K – Grade 6)
Seed Match
Collecting Seeds – Fun for the Whole Family
Learning Center Grdening Table for the Classroom
A Close-Up Look at Seeds
Backyard Detective
Sensory Table (Sunflower Seeds)

Practical Life Exercises Involving the Study of Summer Gardening

Summer Flower Bulbs
Itching to Plant (Germinating Seeds)
What Shall I Grow?
Home-grown “Fast Food” for Busy Families by Sara L. Ambarian
Gardening Year Round – Tips from an Expert
Learn What Mulch Can Do For You!
International Gardening Information – Scroll Down Half Way through Newsletter
A Child’s Garden
Grow It Cook It
Planting a Gardem – Lower Elementary Ages
Garden Planters and Containers
Preparing a Container Garden
Gardening Tools
Homegrown Vegetables in Any Space
Complete Gardening Archive
Organic Garden Seeds
Wildflower Seed Planting Instructions – Wildflower How-to-Guide

Language Lesson Planning for Elementary and Middle Students

My Vegetable Gardening Diary
Special Summer Food Fun – Word Puzzles for Middle Schoolers
The Secret Garden
Garden Tales
Montessori Gardening Grammar Bingo
Growing Poems
Experience of Nature (Flora: Plants & Flowers) PreK – Grade 2
Recommended Children’s Poetry Books (Ages 4 – 8)
Recommended Children’s Poetry Books (Ages 9 – 13)
Figurative Speech: Analogies, Similes, and Metaphors

Science and Social Science Lesson Planning for Elementary and Middle Students

Growing Plants Unit Study – Upper Elementary Level
Vegetable Planting Guide Worksheet
Blue Potatoes, Orange Tomatoes (Grades 2 – 6)
Comparing Leaves
Growing Plants Unit
Science With Plants
Cultivating Hope
Microscopes for Observation and Science Experiments
The Garden Game
Cultivating History Lessons Gardens for Schools
Planting a Gardem Thematic Unit Study – Lower Elementary Ages
Vegetable Guide to Planting in Late Summer
Seeds to Plant in Late Summer/Fall
Farmers’ Almanc Gardening Calendar
Plant a Summer Crop of Beans
Curriculum Connections
The Science of Gardening
Harvest of History – The Farmers’ Museum
Aromatic History
– Herbs in Colonial Life
Hands On Flower Model

Music and Art Lesson Planning for Elementary and Middle Students

Let’s Make Pressed Flowers – Elementary Level
Draw Your World – Drawing Enriches the Curriculum
Flower Themes, Flowers in Art
Sharing Food, Food in Art
Changing a Flower’s Color
Seed Collages (Scroll down until you see this activity)
Painting a Garden (Scroll down until you see this activity
Flowers Posters, Prints, Charts, Photographs & Calendars
Garden-Inspired Performing Arts
Sing and Learn About Science

Math Lesson Planning for Elementary and Middle Students

It’s Juice! Reading and Interpreting Graphs
Exploring Math in the Garden
Sprouting Math Activities – Algebra
http://www.kidsgardening.org/article/grappling-data
Sprouting Math Activities – Problem Solving
Flowers: Graph & Graph Again
Inside hte Coordinate Grid

Business Marketing Activities

Plant Sale Grows Kids
Peddling Plants
Cultivating Funds with Indoor Plants
Fungi Fever

Additional Extension Exercises – Let’s Write, Discuss and Talk About Gardening

Granny’s Garden School
More Fruits and Vegetables
How To Pick Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Season
Farmer’s How to Pick Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Spanish
Farmer’s Market Fruit and Vegetable Bargains
Curriculum Connections – Incorporate Selected Ideas for Montessori Environment
Write Your Own Books – For K – 3rd Grade(Part I)
Write Your Own Books – For K – 3rd Grade (Part II)

Visit American Montessori Consulting and look under New and Notable for other unit studies. Copyright 2007 – 2013 Heidi Spietz – American Montessori Consulting

 Enjoy!

Heidi Anne Spietz

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Montessori Rocks and Minerals Lesson Planning Ideas

As we move into the months of March and April, we continue to be on the look out for ways to employ an interdisciplinary approach to our lesson planning. Last year, a child who had very little interest in physical science was referred to me for tutoring. I used Montessori based hands-on lesson planning and independent research assignments to help spark an interest in this subject. And, like so many students I have tutored using the Montessori approach, it wasn’t long before  I could visibly see a positive difference in how she approached the tutoring sessions.

My student’s interest in learning more about the physical properties of rocks began with learning to apply the Mohs scale of hardness http://www.minerals.net/resource/property/hardness.aspx to the specimens she examined. However, her interest didn’t stop there. By engaging in classified reading cards http://www.amonco.org/spring1_2001.html and completing additional research, she began to learn about how these rocks were formed.  Within a short span of time,  she was able to easily distinguish a sedimentary rock from a metamorphic rock based on other criteria, as well.

She seemed to really benefit from the investigatory projects and research assignments and enjoyed reviewing the hands-on Montessori classified reading cards, matching exercises and charts. These latter hands-on activities helped her to review and build on the concepts that she had already mastered. For example, when she studied about metamorphic rocks, this student learned that marble was employed in the construction of the Michelangelo sculpture.

Further research lead her to discover that this particular metamorphic rock  was used to carve the Michelangelo sculpture  and actually came from the quarries near the town of Carrara, Italy.  Hence the name ‘Carrara marble” was coined.

Coincidentally, an interest in learning more about Michelangelo was fostered, as well.  For a biographical reading recommendation, please see  http://www.homeschoolfcgs.com/product_info.php/products_id/930338  .

At this point in the learning process, this student’s interest in metamorphic rocks was piqued, and she became curious about the uses of other types of metamorphic rocks. By engaging in additional research, she discovered that the metamorphic rock, quartzite, is used to make swimming pools, and that the brilliant blue Lapis Lazuli can be used to create a stunning pair of decorative earrings or embedded in other fine jewelry.

Eventually, my student was able to identify each rock in any random collection presented to her. Usually, each collection contained a mix of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. If she picked out, for example, a gneiss specimen, she would identify it as metamorphosed granite, and could tell me why this rock has characteristic stripes.

You can view some of the lessons I used for this student in Montessori at Home: A Creative Teaching Guide for Parents of Children Six through Nine Years of Age and Modern Montessori at Home: A Creative Teaching Guide for Parents of Children 10 through 12 Years of Age  Visit. http://www.amonco.og/bookstore.html for details.

In addition, the following links will lead you to other resources.

http://www.workshopplus.com/productcart/pc/showsearchresults.asp?idcategory=41&customfield=0&SearchValues=&priceFrom=0&priceUntil=999999999&withstock=&sku=&IDBrand=0&keyWord=Rocks&exact=&resultCnt=10&order=&iPageCurrent=1&pageStyle=H Nature’s Workshop Plus Inc.offers books, rock and mineral specimens and collections for lesson planning.

A classroom collection of rocks & minerals, igneous rock bag, and Moh’s Scale of hardness Minerals are just some of what you will find by visiting the Schoolmasters’ Science website. See http://www.schoolmasters.com/categories/schoolmasters_products.cfm?category=Rock580156&bc2=2&div=sc for details.

Farm Country General Store offers a rocks and minerals sticker book that could be used for the construction of matching picture exercises and classified reading cards. See http://www.homeschoolfcgs.com/product_info.php/cPath/22/products_id/3814 for more information.

 Lab Essentials, Inc. offers a fine selection of microscopes for those interested in examining specimens close up. See http://www.labessentials.com/holiday_shopping_guide.htm to learn more about their offerings.

Rae Peterson, of the Creative Process, offers a nice collection of posters and charts that can be incorporated into your geology and geography lesson planning.  Visit http://www.creativeprocess.net/search/search.pl?Terms=rocks

At http://www.rocksandminerals4u.com/ rocksandminerals4, you will find detailed information designed for both students and teachers on the following topics: the rock cycle, igneous rocks, earth’s interior, mineral identification, and birthstones. Plus you will discover links to a rock gallery, rock links, and their rock shop.

LORD Company,  http://www.lordequip.com/ offers free Montessori Land and Water Forms Cards and Labels for a hands on experience exploring the differences and similarities of Lake and Island, Cape and Bay, Isthmus and Strait, Peninsula and Gulf, and Archipelago and System of Lakes. To access this free download, visit http://www.lordequip.com/land_water.php

Some basic rock and mineral information is available from the following web resources:

http://geology.about.com/od/rocks/a/Rock-Tables.htm

http://library.thinkquest.org/J002289/ident.html

http://webmineral.com/

http://www.gemselect.com/other-info/gemstones-by-language.php

http://www.montessoriforeveryone.com/Geographic-Features-Guides_p_187.html

Finally, point your browser to Amy’s blog http://amypayson.wordpress.com/2011/09/01/rocks-and-minerals-lapbook-and-unit-study-part-i/ This is a MUST read. Once your read through Amy’s in depth lesson planning ideas, marvel at the photos and view the video clips found at this link you will understand why I highly recommend her Rocks and Minerals Lapbook and Unit Study.

Are you looking for links to other Montessori unit studies? Visit

https://montessori21stcentury.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/montessori-lessons-to-jumpstart-2012/. Below, is just a sampling of what you will find there.

Italy – Links for a Montessori Unit Study

A Maria Montessori Movie Worth Seeing

Gardening Year Round – Tips from an Expert

AMC Holiday Montessori Grammar Bingo and Extension Exercises

Apples and Oranges – Links for Montessori Unit Study

Study of the Human Respiratory System – Links for Montessori Unit Study

Medical Terminology – Links for Montessori Unit Study

The Human Cardiovascular System – Links for Montessori Unit Study

Cardiology Terminology

The Human Nervous System – Links for Montessori Unit Study

Let’s Go on an Animal Safari – See Part VII

Happy Lesson Planning,

Heidi Anne Spietz

American Montessori Consulting

http://www.amonco.org

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