Zoology: (first circle)

Need for lesson  - Pictures of alligators and crocodiles.

Index File Card

can be pasted onto an index file card for quick reference


Zoology 22

Crocodilians are a kind of reptile. Can you think what crocodilians might be? Alligators and crocodiles are crocodilians. Alligators and crocodiles are reptiles that look much alike. An alligator has fatter, shorter jaws, and he is smaller than a crocodile. Alligators like to swim in fresh water like in swamps. Crocodiles are larger, thinner, and faster than an alligator. Its snout is pointed and more narrow than the alligators. Crocodiles like to live near salt water.

Both alligators and crocodiles like to eat fish, turtles, craw fish, and crabs. Crocodiles also eat mammals. The mother alligator builds nest to lay her eggs in. The mothers will protect the nest from predators. The babies have an egg tooth that helps them to crack out of the eggs, like we learned birds have on their beaks. After the babies hatch the mother will assist the hatchlings to the water and protect them for about a year if they remain in the area.



Alligators and Crocodiles (From: Crocodiles by Sophie Lockwood, Alligators and Crocodiles by Trudi Trueit, and Alligators by Tim Harris)

Additional Works:

Alligator Puzzle - This was a puzzle from one of the schools I worked at. On one side of the puzzle are letters A-Z and number 1-26.




Science: (second circle)

Need for lesson - The book 'The Little Red Hen'.

(As a matter of practice, in the Montessori Classroom, cartoonish type of things are not used. I have worked with many teachers who will incorporate some stories or works to teach a lesson, such as this one with grains. On the classroom library shelf it is good also to separate books, fiction and non-fiction and discuss what each means. I am comfortable using a few myself, letting them know it is a fictional story. I like  seeing the children retell a story such as this one with sequence being an important part of the work)

Review with the children about grains being seeds we eat from grass plants. Talk about how these seeds can be ground up to make other foods like tortillas. Grains of wheat are ground up to make flour. This flour then is used to make many kinds of foods like cereal, bread, and noodles. Read "The Little Red Hen".

Additional Work:

The Little Red Hen - These pictures are from kidssoup.com. I added some of the props for the children to tell the story in sequential order using pictures and props. This is one of the Books on the Shelf works.


Little Red Hen Story


Five Brown Buns ( I made these little buns, very simple, with fabric and stuffing. I pass out five pennies and as we sing the song, the child name is called with a penny, comes up and gives me a penny and then takes a bun back to their seat.) 

Five brown buns in the bakery shop, you know those big brown buns with the sugar on top.
Along comes (child name with penny) with a penny to pay,
And he/she takes one bun and he/she walks away!

Four brown buns in the bakery shop, you know those big brown buns with the sugar on top.
Along comes (child) with a penny to pay,
And she takes one bun and she walks away!

(continue until all buns have been taken)


Five Brown Buns