All three of my grandchildren love, love, love rocks! So our latest unit is a rocks and minerals unit. I’ve additionally added a new Montessori-inspired rocks and minerals pack to our useful resource library for publication subscribers!
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- 1 Montessori Shelves with Rocks and Minerals-Themed Activities
- 2 Nationwide Geographic Youngsters Rocks and Minerals Ebook with Rocks and Minerals Three-Half Cards
- 3 Birthstone Syllable Counting
- 4 S is for Sedimentary and Sandstone Sand Writing Tray
- 5 Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rock Type
- 6 Rock and Mineral Spelling with Montessori Movable Alphabet and Printable Rock-Themed Movable Alphabet
- 7 Amethyst Division Activity
- 8 Famous Rocks Across the World 3-Part Cards with Reduce-and-Paste Activities
- 9 Free Rocks and Minerals Printables for Preschoolers via First Graders
- 10 More Rocks and Minerals Assets
Montessori Shelves with Rocks and Minerals-Themed Activities
You’ll discover Montessori-inspired rock and mineral numbers, letters, and and more (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just join my e-mail to get the hyperlink and password … or verify the bottom of your latest publication should you’re already a subscriber)
I all the time have related books obtainable all through a unit. On the highest shelf, I have the Nationwide Geographic Youngsters Rocks and Minerals (National Geographic Youngsters’ books are all the time some of my favorites.) I also have the beautiful Rocks Minerals & Gems guide.
On the suitable aspect of the shelf ( ebook on a picket cookbook holder), I have DK Smithsonian Picturepedia (lovely photographs and a wonderful reference ebook for many models!).
You might combine your rock and mineral themed activities among your shelves in accordance with curriculum area. Or you may have a particular rock and mineral themed space one thing just like the one pictured. My shelves this month have a mix of talent ranges. Most of the activities may be adapted for quite a lot of ranges. In case you’re a homeschooler, simply choose the activities that work on your baby’s interests and potential levels. In the event you don’t have room for all the activities you’d love to do, simply rotate them.
Nationwide Geographic Youngsters Rocks and Minerals Ebook with Rocks and Minerals Three-Half Cards
Free Printable: Rocks and Minerals Categorised Playing cards from Little House in the Suburbs
I used to be capable of retailer the playing cards and labels in this Montessori cards show field with out taking over a lot area on my shelf!
Birthstone Syllable Counting
Free Printable: Birthstone Syllable Counting from Rocks and Minerals Unit Language Printable from Each Star Is Totally different
You possibly can see this work on my prime shelf. I’m planning to get cheap birthstone crystals, since it’ll be used so much! My 5-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, loves crystals, so it’ll be a fantastic activity for educating her the birthstones and how you can spell the names of the months. For younger youngsters, it might be nice for educating the names of the months. In case you gained’t be utilizing the exercise as much, clothespins or another sort of markers, akin to those pictured, can be utilized.
S is for Sedimentary and Sandstone Sand Writing Tray
Free Printables: Sandstone image from the above categorized cards for writing tray
For the sand tray (see middle shelf above), I used the picket tray from the Melissa & Doug Lace and Hint Shapes. You need to use no matter tray or container work greatest for you, though. I included the image and an actual sandstone to the tray for interest.
If you need help with introducing phonetic sounds, introducing objects with sounds, or starting phonics usually, take a look at my DIY Starting Montessori Phonics with Preschoolers.
Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rock Type
Free Printables: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic letter font cards (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just sign up for my e mail to get the hyperlink and password … or examine the underside of your latest publication for those who’re already a subscriber)
This activity was tremendous simple to organize utilizing the printables and a rock package! I placed the font cards and Toysmith Rock Science Package on a Multicraft tray. (I even have the Toysmith Mineral Science Package that I’ll use later within the unit.) I like that these kits are inexpensive but have a pleasant number of rocks and minerals.
I used the font cards as heading cards for the igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks from the rock science package. The chart that comes with the package makes it very straightforward to type the rocks.
Rock and Mineral Spelling with Montessori Movable Alphabet and Printable Rock-Themed Movable Alphabet
Free Printable: Shale Rock Movable Alphabet (part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just join my e-mail to get the hyperlink and password … or verify the bottom of your newest publication in the event you’re already a subscriber)
Free Printable: Rocks and Minerals Spelling Record from the Rocks and Minerals Unit Language Printable from Each Star Is Totally different. You may minimize apart the photographs for the initial spelling work, although they’ll be small. Older youngsters can work on analyzing the words and using the phrase lists as spelling lists.
For the movable alphabet work, I used a standard small picket movable alphabet. You’ll be able to just use the shale rock movable alphabet for phrase building, or you’ll be able to match letters from the 2 units.
On the shelf, you possibly can’t see the letters within the Montessori Providers basket very properly from this angle, however those are the shale rock movable alphabet letters from my subscriber pack.
Amethyst Division Activity
Free Printables: Amethyst Numbers and Symbols for a Division Equation (a part of my subscriber freebie pack, so just sign up for my e-mail to get the hyperlink and password … or verify the underside of your latest publication when you’re already a subscriber)
Free Printable: Amethyst Card from Pikes Peak Rock Shop
I used 20 tumbled amethyst stones to makes a hands-on activity dividing numbers by 2.
There are sufficient amethyst stones in the set I bought to make DIY Montessori cards and counters using the quantity cards and amethyst stones for a younger baby.
I really like to show division as a sharing exercise. Zoey and her 19-month-old sister, Sophia, loved some hands-on sister sharing. Zoey would select a quantity (12 within the photograph) and share the amethyst crystals equally (“One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me….”).
After sharing all of the crystals, Zoey counted how many each had and positioned the reply card on the equation. Each women found it fascinating, and Sophia particularly loved being included.
Notice: I don’t depart small objects like these out for my toddler grandchildren, and I don’t advocate that small objects be obtainable to toddlers with out direct and fixed supervision. I only used these as a result of I was so intently supervising the activity. Sophia’s at that sensitive period where she’s especially drawn to small objects, and it’s nice when she could be included. She simply felt every amethyst and didn’t put any in her mouth, although which may not have been the case if that they had been omitted. Even when your toddler doesn’t normally put things in his or her mouth, it simply isn’t well worth the danger.
Famous Rocks Across the World 3-Part Cards with Reduce-and-Paste Activities
Free Printable: Famous Rock Formations from the Pinay Homeschooler
Free Printable: Printables from Free Rocks and Minerals Unit from Homeschool Den
I positioned each the famous rock formations 3-part cards and printed pages from the rocks and minerals unit on a tray. I added scissors and glue for a cut-and-paste activity using the pages. First, I’d have the kid use the 3-part playing cards to study well-known rock formations.
I used colored pencils to put a colored dot similar to the rock formation’s continent on the back of every control card. So, in addition to matching the pictures and phrases, the kid can type the 3-part cards by continent. I additionally added the Montessori continents globe. An elementary-age baby might use a daily globe to seek out every actual place utilizing the word labels.
Free Rocks and Minerals Printables for Preschoolers via First Graders
Montessori-Inspired Rocks and Minerals Pack for DIY Cards and Counters, Quantity or Letter Matching, Quantity or Letter Basket, Bead Bar Work, Arms-on Math Operations, Number or Letter Salt/Sand Writing Tray, Letter Tracing, DIY Movable Alphabet, and Artistic Writing (subscriber freebie, so just join my e mail to get the hyperlink and password – or examine your inbox should you’re already a subscriber).
The hyperlinks are without spending a dime rocks and minerals printables for preschoolers via early elementary. I don’t share coloring pages until a page has a selected instructional function associated to rocks and minerals.
More Rocks and Minerals Assets
At PreK + Okay Sharing, I have a lot of themed actions and presentation ideas. Please be a part of me at PreK + Okay Sharing to see all my posts there through the years: Deb Chitwood at PreK + Okay Sharing.
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