We love North America Geography activities! But we also LOVE animals! So, I mad a lesson that includes both! How about a lesson on animals of North America?
We love learning about the animals that are mostly found in the continent of North America.
We research where they live, what they eat, what their babies look like, how they survive and more.
Here is part of our Montessori curriculum lesson on animals from North America.
Read on to see our terrific photos of animals of North America Montessori printables!
We have wonderful North America pics of North America animals!
It is the perfect introductory activity to begin your North America studies or your animals studies (depending on which way you want to go).
We have a huge free printable set for you to use, too. 😀
It includes free printable Montessori nomenclature cards about animals, a map of North America and more!
You will absolutely love this North America unit! It is Montessori inspired and everyone can do it!
Printable Map of North America for Kids
One of the printables we have in this post is very basic. It is an outline map of North America for kids to learn what the continent looks like.
It will also help them make the connection between the location and the animals that live there.
We like to print this North America map for kids in color on a cardstock sheet and then we laminate it for durability.
So, when my kids play with the mini animal replicas on it, it won’t get bent, damaged or have the ink bleed if it gets wet.
As kids learn about the animals, we place them on the map.
It is a great visual for kids to understand that North America is their home and that we need to take care of them.
Animals of North America Montessori Activity
We started our lesson talking about some of the animals we have in North America.
We couldn’t discuss them all, of course so we went with the dozen that come in the Safari Ltd. Toob: North American Wildlife.
This set includes: mountain lion, wolf, elk, big horn ram, bison, river otter, raccoon, pronghorn buck, moose, grizzly bear and American beaver.
In your free printables set in this post, you will find a map of North America.
We had fun placing the animals on the map, to signify that they live on that continent.
Wild Animals of North America
Note to parents: If you have never used 3-part cards before, head over to our post where we explain the process, step by step.
It isn’t hard to follow; it is simply a process with a specific order to follow.
Next, we printed these sets twice on cardstock. Then, we laminated them for durability. Now, you are all set to get started!
Ok, let’s get back to the lesson plan!
Be sure that matching up the 3-part cards is the first activity they do. Not only is it a great introduction to the new vocabulary, but it also has a control of error.
We then used our laminated animal cards to match the miniature Animal Replicas with the pictures on the cards.
They have to look closely to figure out which one is which. They did use the miniature animal replicas to help them come up with their answer.
The patterns page was very popular with my children.
This is also included in the free printables set.
I placed the North American animals in a row and they found the matching miniature animal replicas from our North American Wildlife Toob.
They even made them face the same direction and everything! Ha!
Our second set of 3-part cards in the printable set comes with pictures of the actual miniature animal replicas, so they matched up the cards with the real animals to those with the replicas.
This activity really got them thinking.
By now, with all of these activities and naming the animals over and over, they felt pretty confident about naming them and recognizing every single one in the dozen. It was pretty neat!
Getting Creative with Animals of North America
Each of my kids picked their favorite animal out of the twelve animals of North America that we learned about. One picked the moose and the other picked the cougar.
It was so wonderful watching them so focused and following the outlines!
If you don’t have a sketchbook, you can do it like us and use notebooking pages.
The A-Z animals packet has pages and pages and pages of hundreds of animals.
We found matching pages and used those for facts and the blank pages with beautiful borders for the drawing (or sketching) part.
North American Animal Facts
The last thing we did that day was write one fact that we remembered about our favorite animal.
They wrote that fact next to the picture of the animals that they drew in their sketch notebooks.
The pictures turned out great and the facts will make the information memorable.
The next day, we created habitats for our North American Wildlife. We got some fake snow and put it on a large rock.
We placed a few animals that would fit in, like the moose, the wolf and the mountain goat.
The rock next to the snowy rock had a few other animals like the cougar, the bison and the raccoon.
Lastly, at the bottom, we used a deep blue plastic plate with water to represent a lake.
We created a mini dam and in the water, we placed the Grizzly bear, river otter and the beaver.
It was so much fun playing with the miniature animal replicas in these three different habitats.
North America Resources
You can extend your North America activities and make it a unit! It will be awesome!
If you want to go the Geography (North America) route, then you need to check out our bundles on North America!
And if you want to continue the Science route, you can actually go into our wonderful animals in Winter printable bundles!
They give you a list of animals that hibernate, migrate and adapt.
Find out which ones live in North America! Mark them on the map and continue your research!
Or maybe you want to expound on your studies going the Botany of North America route!
We have it all!
Montessori North America Printables
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Montessori Zoology North America 3-part cards!
Montessori Zoology North America TOOB 3-part cards!
We hope you enjoyed our lesson and activities! Let us know how you like the printables! 😀
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