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Vertebrate Skeletons     (SK1)
Identify the skeletons and matching silhouettes of five animals (fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, mammal) by placing transparent animal skeleton cards on top of the appropriate animal silhouette card (4” x 4”). The five representative vertebrates illustrated are: fish, frog, turtle, pigeon, dog. Background information is included. Cards are of rigid vinyl and do not need to be laminated. Purchase from: http://www.montessoriservices.com/vertebrate-skeletons


Bones of the Child's Skeleton     (SK5)
Use this set to teach the scientific names of 23 key bones from head (skull) to toe (phalanges). Bones are labeled and highlighted on a skeleton proportioned like a six-year-old child. 23 coated card stock cards (2½" x 6¾"). Children can make and label their own “Parts of a Skeleton” booklets using blank skeleton outlines photocopied from the replicard (8½" x 11"). Ages 4 and up. Purchase from: http://www.montessoriservices.com/bones-of-the-childs-skeleton


Exterior Body Labels    
(T4)
Eleven white vinyl labels name the exterior parts of a child’s body. The Replicard (8½” x 11") with a body outline is photocopied to make full-page worksheets. Labels (3" x 1-1/8”) are placed on the worksheet, or placed on the child’s body or body tracing. Children can also color and label the worksheets by referring to the 2-color “completed” worksheet.  Purchase from: http://www.montessoriservices.com/exterior-body-parts



Face Labels  
(T5)
This set teaches the basic names and features of the face (hair, forehead, eyebrow, eye, ear, nose, cheek, chin, and mouth). Set includes durable labels, a labeled control card, and a cardstock replicard. Children can match labels (3" x 1 1/8", after cutting) to the replicard (8½" x 11"). Ages 3 - 6.  Purchase from:
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Parts of a Caterpillar     (LE1)
A caterpillar is the larval stage of a butterfly. Seven duplicate 2-color illustration cards (4" x 3") show the parts of a caterpillar highlighted in green. One set of picture cards has been bound into a booklet and the other is to be cut apart. The child matches the labels to the picture cards, using the booklet to check for error. Older children can read and match the seven definition cards to the labeled picture cards (also using the booklet for control). The replicard (8½” x 11") with blank line drawings of the caterpillar is photocopied to make quarter-page worksheets for the children to color and label. Completed worksheets can be stapled together to make a “Parts of a Caterpillar” booklet. Purchase from: http://www.montessoriservices.com/parts-of-the-caterpillar

Parts of a Butterfly     (LE2)
Learn the parts of a butterfly. Its body looks very different from that of a caterpillar, yet there are many similarities. Nine duplicate 2-color illustration cards (4" x 4") show the parts of a butterfly highlighted in yellow. One set of picture cards has been bound into a booklet and the other is to be cut apart. The child matches the labels to the picture cards, using the booklet to check for error. Older children can read and match the seven definition cards to the labeled picture cards (also using the booklet for control). The replicard (8½” x 11") with blank line drawings of the butterfly is photocopied to make half-page worksheets for the children to color and label. Completed worksheets can be stapled together to make a “Parts of a Butterfly” booklet. Limited quantities from: http://www.montessoriservices.com/parts-of-the-butterfly


Parts of a Dragonfly    
(AK6)
Six body parts of a dragonfly are illustrated on 6 transparent vinyl cards (4" x 4"). By stacking the transparent “parts” cards on the control card with a dragonfly silhouette, the dragonfly becomes whole. Cards are of vinyl and do not need to be laminated.  Purchase from: http://www.montessoriservices.com/parts-of-a-dragonfly


Animals Who am I?     (WA)
This beginning activity for lower elementary strengthens both reading and listening skills, and provides children with simple facts about 10 diverse animals. The set consists of duplicate, labeled picture cards with descriptive text and features animals different from those in the First-Knowledge: Animal Stories. The set of cards with text ending in “Who am I?” is cut apart into 10 picture cards, 10 animal-name cards, and 10 text cards. The other set is left whole. Cards are used for picture-to-text card matching exercises and for playing the “Who am I” game. Cards measure 6½” x 4" and are in full color and laminated. 
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First-Knowledge: Animal Stories   (AK14)
This set consists of 42 duplicate animal picture/text cards. One set is cut apart for 3-part matching activities, and the other set is placed into two red, 6-ring mini-binders labeled “Animals”. The teacher has the option of changing the cards in the binders as needed. The children can match the 3-part cards (6" x 3¾”) to the cards in the binder, play “Who am I?”, practice reading, and learn the characteristics of animals from 11 major phyla. These activities prepare children for later work with In-Print’s set, Animal Kingdom Chart and Cards, which has the same animal illustrations. 
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Animal Kingdom Chart & Cards  (AK15)
Explore the diversity of animal life with this classification chart, which illustrates 42 animals of 11 major phyla. The phyla are arranged in order of increasing complexity from sponges on the left to chordates on the right. The animals illustrated for each phylum are examples of the major classes. Both vertebrate and invertebrate chordates are shown. This arrangement allows children to see the structure of the whole kingdom and prepares them for further study. Children match the individual picture cards (2-7/8” x 2-3/8”) to the pictures on the laminated chart (23" x 36"). Picture cards have text on the back that describes the animal. More advanced students can focus on the characteristics of particular phyla, using the phylum description cards provided. Information is clear, current, and an excellent foundation for studying the time line of life. The chart does not need to be laminated.  Purchase from: http://big-picture-science.myshopify.com