Montessori-Inspired Zoo Animal Unit

Summer is a great time to visit the zoo – and a great time for a Montessori-inspired zoo animal unit. Just follow your child’s interests in choosing the activities.

You can have a systematic study of animals starting with living/non-living; then plant/animal; animals and their groups; vertebrate/invertebrate; types of vertebrate/types of invertebrate, etc. Or you can start with a relaxed summer unit, adding classification framework as it becomes relevant to your study. (Montessori at Home shows an example of  Montessori zoology classification).

Here are some great ideas for Montessori-inspired zoo animal units from around the blogosphere (especially good for preschoolers through early elementary):

Sorting Animals by Continent (Photo from Discovery Days and Montessori Moments)

Sorting Animals by Continent (Photo from Discovery Days and Montessori Moments)

Discovery Days and Montessori Moments has a wonderful zoo unit right now.

My post on Montessori Continent Boxes has links to lots of ideas for studying the animals of each continent.

Sorting Animals by Continent (Photo from Leptir)

Sorting Animals by Continent (Photo from Leptir)

Leptir has an impressive hands-on activity for sorting animals by continent.

Montessori Print Shop has many animal activities helpful for any animal unit.

Animals of the World Activity (Photo from Homeschool Escapade)

Animals of the World Activity (Photo from Homeschool Escapade)

Homeschool Escapade wrote about Animals of the World Activity using Animals of the Continents cards from Montessori Print Shop. Homeschool Escapade also wrote about Montessori Print Shop’s work on Animal Camouflage.

Sunrise Learning Lab wrote about the Animal Skin Match and Animal Tracks work from Montessori Print Shop.

Animals of Africa (Photo from Montessori MOMents)

Animals of Africa (Photo from Montessori MOMents)

Montessori MOMents wrote about Animals of Africa from Montessori Print Shop. Montessori MOMents also has free zoo animal matching cards and post about Zoo Animals and Where They Live.

My Oatmeal Kisses placed animals on continents made of playdough.

Little Wonders’ Days has posts with a zoo theme, including a zoo scavenger hunt and free 3-part zoo cards.

Montessori for Everyone has some free Zoology cards and other Zoology activities.

Montessori Materials has a number of free Animal Language cards and  Animal Classification cards.

My Montessori Journey created a Farm Animals/Zoo Animals sorting activity.

Noctural and Diurnal Animals Sorting (Photo from Spell Outloud)

Noctural and Diurnal Animals Sorting (Photo from Spell Outloud)

Spell Outloud has Noctural and Diurnal Animals free printable for sorting.

David Gettman’s Basic Montessori: Learning Activities for Under-Fives has many ideas for activities classifying animals.

Bear Habitat Sensory Bin (Photo by Julie at The Adventures of Bear)

Bear Habitat Sensory Bin (Photo by Julie at The Adventures of Bear)

You can also add studies of individual animals, such as the bear-themed unit at The Adventures of Bear (Photo by Julie at The Adventures of Bear).

UPDATE: See my Montessori-Inspired Zoo Animal Unit from 2012 with more activities!

Have fun at the zoo and at home learning about zoo animals! :)

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