Sunday, December 5, 2010

Ocean Life Unit

              Here are shelf works that represent the many choices we have in our Ocean Unit.


I am a collector of  nature objects and turn them into works for the students.


I taught Montessori in Baltimore for years and collected much of this unit then.


Now in Nebraska, our land locked kids find these creatures amazing.




























I envy you who are near an ocean. Take advantage of it to collect creatures and create matching cards, vocabulary cards, and hands on lessons. Most of us can find shells to match to cards, or at least a plastic crab from a party store. 



Helpful sites to start your biology specimen unit:

Toys R Us has a nice collection of bugs in resin

Become a collector of nature and build a unique science area for your pupils. My past students have often told me that these science experiences are what they remember the most from my Montessori school. It leaves a lasting impression!








14 comments:

Elle Belles Bows said...

Great works...collection and lesson! Very impressed! Kerri

The Sunshine Crew said...

love your Oceans unit...awesome collection. Am sure that the children love doing this work.
Colleen

Inspired Montessori said...

Any ocean life collector can do this with the help of National Geographic for pictures.

ocean life said...

Beautiful collections. I used to take pictures of different sea creatures. But i seldom collect because it's forbidden here in our place.

Inspired Montessori said...

These were collected by me over 25 years ago. Some were boughten from shell stores. Now in Nebraska, I am glad I saved and used them in class for all these years.

N from the Learning Ark said...

Lovely collection!

Inspired Montessori said...

Thank you, Learning Ark.
I also enjoy your blog!

Deb Chitwood said...

I love your ocean unit - so beautiful! Your unit was the first thing I thought of today when a Montessori teacher trainee was asking about resources for life in the ocean at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page!

Deb Chitwood said...

I just featured your wonderful ocean unit at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2011/06/16/montessori-inspired-ocean-unit-for-summer-learning-and-fun/

Inspired Montessori said...

Thank you for passing this on to teachers, Deb! That is the whole purpose of my blog!

The Guilletots said...

Waaaaa... That is a great Ocena Unit.. SO much stuff. I think I will follow your lead on that one and start collecting more stuff... Shouldn't be too hard as we live in a fishing village.Thanks for sharing. It is reallygood stuff.

Inspired Montessori said...

Dear Guilletots,
How cool to live in a fishing village! I would be in heaven.
You must see great curriculum starters everywhere! Have fun expanding your unit!

Cherine M said...

Your collections are breathtaking and so inspiring:))

NabihaW said...

love love love your setup! So inspriring...and I so love your oldschool style information cards and 3 part cards- handwritten and hand-drawn..I will probably have to rely heavily on pictures and plastic replicas, but will be using your ideas as inspiration...thank you!