Although they did not originate in China, they derive their name from the containers originally used to store this set of cards.
ETC Montessori offers the complete set of Chinese nesting Boxes for either the 5 kingdoms or 6 kingdoms. This work is used to help students understand taxonomy, but more importantly, the idea of where we belong in our cosmic journey. Furthermore, students are given the opportunity to explore the concept of simple to complex.
This material includes one complete set of pre-cut Chinese nesting boxes for each of the five kingdoms.
Each set includes a card with a graphical example on the front and the characteristics printed on the back for:
- Genus, and
Pictured in this video is the complete set for the 5 kingdoms, and includes the full array of cards, listed above, for each of the following kingdoms:
- Kingdom Prokaryota
- Kingdom Protoctista
- Kingdom Fungi
- Kingdom Plantae
- Kingdom Animalia
Great care has gone into designing this activity, which is calibrated so that each circle nests perfectly inside the other. Each card has a full color picture on one side and a description on the reverse side. Every icon is an actual photograph so your students can get a clear understanding of what members represent each phylum.
Total number of cards: 42 double sided cards. Each kingdom's cards nest inside each other.
Total number of cards: 35 double sided cards. Each kingdom's cards nest inside each other.
Look at our Science Flow Chart for Upper Elementary to see how this work fits in with the traditional Montessori curriculum.
View the Standards met by this material.
1 Clear Snap Envelopes - Large for rotational model, or 5 Clear Snap Envelopes - Large for full display model