Animal Adaptations 4-Part Cards
While at the FPEA Convention, we had many homeschool parents ask us how to use the 4-part cards they purchased. This is an understandable question, so we have decided to follow-up with a blog detailing how to use 4-part cards with your child.
Introducing the Cards
When first introducing the cards to your child (Animal Adaptations is pictured above), you will conduct what is called a 3-period lesson.
If you get to the third period and the child is having difficulties remembering, you should go back to the second period for review. The child should have multiple exposures to the lesson since most 4-part cards introduce complex vocabulary.
After the 3-period lesson, you can choose to have your child respond as appropriate. They can copy the lesson into a copybook, draw a picture, or write about what term interests them the most. You can also choose to have the child simply put the lesson away for the day.
Now that your child has been introduced to the 4-part cards through the 3-period lesson, it is time for them to practice on their own. 4-part cards consist of: picture, definition, label, and control. Your child will match the picture, definition, and label, and use the control card to check their answer. If any of their answers are not correct, they simply fix them and then record in their copybook. Your child should do this multiple times until they are fluent with the terms. Once they feel like they have mastered the content, you should conduct the third period of the 3-period lesson to check understanding.
4-part card: control, picture, definition, label
Recording the 4-part cards can take multiple forms. Some children like recording in their copybooks by drawing the picture and writing the definitions with the label. Some children enjoy making booklets. Booklets are easy to create and a fun way to give a variation to traditional work. Simply cut small sheets of construction paper and staple together. The first page should be the title page with the name of the card work. Inside the booklet, the child draws the picture, writes the definition and term for each card in the set.
After your child has mastered the new terms and definitions, it is appropriate to offer an extension activity. Most often, the extension activity is conducting research on the topic of the 4-part cards or a specific term in the card set. For example, if your child just finished animal adaptations, they could choose to research a specific animal and the adaptation they use in their environment. How they choose to research and present the material can also take multiple forms. We suggest varying the research activities to keep interest. Research can be presented in paper format, posters, PowerPoint, or a fun newspaper article.
We have many Science 4-part cards available for download or already printed and mailed straight to you!
Behavioral Adaptions-Digital PDF
This Digital PDF downloadable includes:
FL Standard: SC.5.L.15.1
Next Generation Standard: 3-LS4-2
Stephanie Stephens and Holly Fitzharris are both Montessori educators- collectively with over 30 years of experience in education.