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Montessori in a Minute: Zoology Nomenclature Cards


Zoology Nomenclature Cards are used in Montessori classrooms to introduce toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners and elementary-age students on classification and the anatomy of many kinds of animals. The Montessori Zoology curriculum is one of the many components in the school’s rich Cultural Studies program.


These specially designed cards are visually appealing, using realistic illustrations and images to represent animals and their parts instead of cartoon-like drawings. The primary purpose of these nomenclature cards is to enrich a child’s vocabulary, learning different animal parts, and understanding the hierarchical classification of animals.


The Benefits of Montessori Zoology Nomenclature Cards

  • Sorting skills: The nomenclature cards engage students to sort animals into five major groups: vertebrates (animals with backbones), invertebrates (animals without backbones), mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

  • Vocabulary growth: The cards also introduce children to the anatomical features of animals. For example, specific cards focus on body parts like a bird's beak, a fish's fins, or a mammal's tail. These cards typically include a labeled image of the animal part and its name.

  • Other life skills: These cards encourage mastery of matching, control of error, and appreciation of diversity.

    • Matching: The card set has labeled and unlabeled images, showing children how to match marked cards with the corresponding unlabeled cards with specific animal parts or types.

    • Control of Error: Many Montessori materials, like these cards, have a built-in control of error, so if a child makes a mistake, they can see it’s wrong and fix it on their own.

    • Appreciation of Diversity: The Montessori Zoology curriculum helps children appreciate the animal kingdom's diversity, fostering a sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural world.


The Montessori in a Minute Series

The Montessori In A Minute series regularly explores the unique benefits of Montessori philosophy, its fundamental materials, and areas of the classroom. For all parents at Hudson Montessori School (Jersey City, New Jersey), the school hosts Parent Education Nights every year to teach parents about the Montessori method and how the students learn curriculum components using a Montessori framework.


Contact us to learn more about Hudson Montessori School's interdisciplinary, theme-based learning approach to education, the Montessori philosophy and methodology, or how the school fosters the love of learning for children aged 2 to eighth grade.




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