Once the child has learned about the classes of vertebrates, particularly the Reptiles, they might be interested in learning about the parts of the turtle.
Turtles have existed for over 250 million years, which is even longer than dinosaurs. They are not related to dinosaurs, though. Studying turtles is a great way to learn about zoology.
Before learning about their parts, have the child observe an actual turtle or a model to help them have a more concrete grasp on the subject.
Materials to Support Learning the Parts of the Turtle
Includes knobs for easier holding and parts involving different parts of the animal, which helps isolate the part from the whole.
With enough detail, this is great for observing the different parts of the turtle, with variety of common species. Size is not too small and perfect for little hands.
You can also provide printable materials to support this learning and help the child know the different parts of the turtle.
Printable Activities to Learn the Parts of the Turtle
1. Montessori Zoology 5-Part Nomenclature Cards
The Parts of a Turtle Activity can help children improve their reading skills and learn new words. This teaches children the proper names for all of a turtle’s basic body parts.
This learning material have a brown border around each card and include a set of cards with 5 parts including the definitions and a booklet with descriptions about each part of the turtle. This is designed for children between the ages of 3 and 6.
Zoology Nomenclature Cards are unique to Montessori classrooms and provide an engaging alternative to textbooks and worksheets. They are a beautiful resource that encourages children to learn concepts, rather than rush through to “finish” a worksheet.
2. Control Chart and Fill-in Posters
After learning the individual parts of the turtle, display the wall chart and invite the child to make her own wall chart of the parts of the turtle with these printable poster sheets of 3 different charts:
- With color and label
- Without color, with label
- Without color, without label
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3. Montessori Zoology Definitions Booklets
For further work on the Turtle, you can introduce another animal in the class and study the different parts with nomenclature cards as well.
- Match pictures with labels.
- Create pictures, labels, and definitions.
- Create a booklet of animal parts nomenclature.
- Create a wall chart of animal parts nomenclature.
- Repeat the same procedure for other animals in the class.