- Botany, 6-9
- The past weeks, we found such a variety of mushrooms in the woods. We even tasted the Chicken of the woods and the Hen of the woods, and I guess we are still alive so they were edible after all.
- The children decided to pull out the Fungus Kingdom chart. The chart from Alison’s Montessori is new to us. I liked that it had many realistic pictures we could relate to (Common Morel, Bolet, Turkey Tail, Lichen).
- 1 control chart (with pictures)
- 1 mute chart (no pictures)
- 6 labels
- 5 description cards
- 15 pictures
How it works
- You don’t have to be an expert in fungi to present this chart. The description cards contain enough information to initiate a conversation. They include the etymology of the phylum’s name, and a brief description of the phylum’s characteristics.
- You can use a book to help introduce the topic, then read with the child the first description card, and place it on the mute chart, along with the label on top. Have the child place the cards.
- Invite the child to fetch the corresponding pictures, and proceed in the same manner for the other phyla, from left to write. The chart is laid out in a way that introduces the most simple fungi (unicellular) to the more complex ones (multicellular).
- Once done reading all the labels and placing them along with the description cards and the pictures, you could invite the chart to go out and search for real specimen. If no specimen is available around, you can simply use mushrooms from a store..Lichen can be found anywhere on rocks and trees!
- We went outside and found some small mushrooms as well as lichens. We looked at them closely with a magnifying glass, and talked about other fung, which are not only mushrooms.
- The children have the charts at their disposal and are invited to repeat the presentation using the mute chart. The control chart should be kept out of sight, but close by, while completing the mute chart.
- We also have literature and puzzles about fungi, which help further consolidate and deepen knowledge. Mushroom puzzles can help learn the parts of mushroom, and understand the functioning of the mushroom (feeding, growth, reproduction, etc…).
- Fun fact before you go! Did you know that the biggest living organism on Earth is not a whale, but a fungus? Look up “Armillaria ostoyae” for more info.
This unbiased and honest review has been made possible thanks to Alison’s Montessori for trusted us with their materials at no cost, no requirement. We were looking forward to trying these colorful Montessori science charts, which are part of our Montessori Botany study, and sharing with our readers.
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