Seemi of Trillium Montessori has a 7 Continents Bundle that’s perfect for Montessori continent boxes or any continent work with young children. Today, I’m sharing some ideas for activities you can use with South America continent work. You can easily apply these activities to any continent.
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7 Continents A-Z Bundle from Trillium Montessori
Seemi’s 7 Continents A-Z Bundle (go to the link in the Trillium Montessori shop) is wonderful for any study of continents. It can be used for preschool through grade 3 and for numerous extensions.
Seemi’s printables work well for both classrooms and homeschools, whether or not you use Montessori education. If you do use Montessori education, you’ll love that the printables are created by a certified Montessori teacher. They’re already Montessori friendly and don’t need to be adapted to work perfectly in a Montessori classroom or homeschool.
Below, I’m sharing some ideas of activities that could be used for a study of South America. They could easily be adapted for other continents using the applicable printables from the 7 Continents Bundle.
Here’s the description by Seemi of the 7 Continents A-Z Bundle:
This bundle includes the A-Z Montessori Packs for all 7 Continents.
It is suitable for PreK-1 but can easily be adapted for 2nd and 3rd grades as well. It features photographs and easy to read font. If you are a Montessori teacher, this will really round out your continent boxes and unit studies!
In all of my Continent A-Z packs, I have tried hard to provide a wide range of representative photographs in order to give students a sense of the luscious, rich diversity of our beautiful planet. Not only do these packs represent the diversity of the continent, but they also represent each letter of the alphabet.
The photos are of things ranging from animals and plants to biomes to clothing and food and sports. I often show iconic things like traditional dancers as well as average day to day things such as children and their pets. I do my best to avoid stereotypical images and try to touch upon many different regions and cultures within the continent.
The activities in this bundle are designed to be used by individuals or in small groups. You can use these card materials to introduce each continent to your students and then place them on the shelf or in centers for the children to explore. Montessori classrooms will be familiar with the use of most of these activities such as the 3-part cards and the “parts-of” nomenclature cards.
These printables work particularly well in a writing center. Students can examine the photos and write lists or reports about what they see. Younger students will enjoy matching the photographs and learning new vocabulary. This is also a fantastic pack to add to your letter work. Once students have learned the vocabulary, have them sort by initial letter/sound.
The possibilities for using a pack of this type are endless. Each of the Continent Packs in this bundle include the following activities
1. A-Z non-fiction book: Photos and short descriptions for things from that continent for each letter of the alphabet (short vowels). The Asia, Europe, and South America packs also include clipart versions of the book for low-ink printing.
2. A-Z Matching Cards: Photographs and one word labels. Print two copies to make 3-part cards or matching cards.
3. Phonetic Reading Sentences:9 phonetically decodable sentences each to go with pictures from each continent. The sentences do include a few basic sight words but the majority of the words are decodable and your intermediate readers will have success with these.
4. Living & Non-Living Sorting Cards:Photos of plants, animals, and natural and manmade landmarks from each continent.
5. Plant & Animal Sorting Cards:: Sort photos of plants and animals typically found on each continent.
6. Parts of an Animal: Make a set of 3-part nomenclature cards of animals such as the Lion (Africa), Toucan (South America), Kangaroo (Australia) Penguin (Antarctica), Badger (Europe), Turkey (North America) and Peacock (Asia). The cards also come with a book describing the various parts as well as a blackline master that can be used to make student booklets.
7. Biomes of each continent:Photographic 3-part cards of the various climate regions on each continent (except Antarctica).
South America Activities Using the Trillium Montessori 7 Continents A-Z Bundle
I had fun putting together some possible Montessori trays using the South America A-Z Printables Pack. I show some simple ways to display the materials that require a minimum amount of preparation for homeschoolers. These are materials that are easy to individualize for your classroom or homeschool.
Seemi made the South America materials pink to go with the colors of the Montessori world map. I like to use small tabletop easels often for homeschooling. I find they help me prepare activities very quickly yet are an inviting way to draw attention to a specific material.
South America A-Z Non-Fiction Book
Children can learn a lot of helpful information about South America while reinforcing phonetic sounds with the South America A-Z nonfiction book. It’s simple to print out, laminate, and connect with a binder ring. Of course, you could use another type of binding if you prefer.
Phonetic Reading Sentences
This is another great extension activity. It consists of phonetic sentences about the continent with matching pictures. Seemi provides the sentences in both the continent color and in blue to coordinate with the Montessori blue box. The tray is a clear acrylic tray from Montessori Services.
Living and Non-Living Sorting Tray
I really appreciate that Seemi has living and non-living sorting activities for each continent.
Easter Island Tray
I love the Safari Ltd. Around the World TOOB and World Landmarks TOOB. These are great to have if you plan to study a number or all of the continents. The Easter Island statues are from the World Landmarks TOOB. (Note: I have free Safari Ltd. TOOB keys that are very helpful.) For this tray, I used the Easter Island statues image from the South America non-living images. I added a map I found in a Google search of Easter island. The tray is a Multicraft tray.
Plant and Animal Sorting Tray
Seemi also includes plant and animal sorting for each continent.
Toco Toucan Tray
Seemi has parts of an animal 3-part cards and book featuring an animal for each continent. For South America, the featured animal is the toco toucan. I added the toco toucan from the Safari Ltd. Rainforest TOOB (which is very helpful for a study of South America).
Biomes Matching Activity
For older children, I like to include the study of biomes. Seemi’s printables would be helpful to encourage biome research. There are many ways you could prepare and introduce the activity. I used the free satellite map printable that I used in my Montessori-inspired continent activities with animal figures – South America. I also added the South America political map from the CIA World Fact Book.
For the layout, I simply laid the labels on the matching place on the political map. I would use the satellite map to show the relationship between climate and various types of terrain.
Check out my Europe activities using the Trillium Montessori 7 Continents Bundle for more ideas, such as continent A-Z matching and booklet making.
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