Need for lesson - Montessori Map of North America and Where I Live work
can be pasted onto an index file card for quick reference
Let's look at the map of North America and review some of its countries. At the top we have Canada. This is the United States. Down here is Mexico. This is called Greenland. Which country do we live in? The United States. We talked about how many states make up the United States, who remembers how many? Which state has the Statue of Liberty in it? Which state do we live in? The name of our State is _________. In the state of __________ we live in the city of ________. Wow - can you imagine that? We live in this city, which is about here on the North America Map in this state, on this large continent, that is on the planet earth.
Demonstrate Where I Live work
Where I Live
Where I Live
I use these items during Circle Time when we sing Dr. Jean's song, "World Family".
US Maps and Card Sets
Map of the United States Puzzle - Using the Montessori US Map, children make a map wih puzzle pieces with a section of states.
Maps and Cards
Pin-punch Map of the US
Children trace each state and pin-punch them out. When all are finished they can begin to build a map of the US with their pieces.
Need for lesson - Heart and lungs to add the our body outline and a stethoscope.
Let's put our hand on our hearts and feel it working. Your heart is a strong pump that moves blood through your body. It is about the size of your fist. Your heart works all the time, even when you are asleep. It has two pumps that push blood around your body. The blood is full of oxygen and travels through tubes called arteries. After the blood delivers oxygen from the air to all parts of your body, it goes back to the heart through tubes called veins. Look at your arm, sometimes you can see the veins with the blood traveling back to the heart. Your heart pumps this used blood, the blood that already delivered the oxygen in your body, to your lungs to get new oxygen. When you breathe in, you breathe in air that has oxygen. When you breathe out, you let out a gas called carbon dioxide. Carbon Dioxide is important for plants, which we will talk about soon in Botany. Arteries have a reddish color because they are filled with the oxygen blood, but veins have a blue color because all the oxygen has been taken out of the blood and delivered to different parts of your body to help it grow and be healthy.
Is this something you recognize (show stethoscope)? It is a stethoscope. It is an instrument used to listen to different sounds produced in the body, such as our heartbeat. We are going to take turns listening to your own heart beating.
Allow children, if they would like, to take turns using the stethoscope to listen to ther hearts. (Clean earbuds after each child with an alcohol sterile pad.) Tape the lungs and heart pieces to the body outline. Add some red and blue lines with a marker to represent the arteries and veins.
Heart and Lungs for Body Outline
Lungs - Provide each child with a paper bag. They can blow into them and watch the bag as it fills up with air from their lungs.