ETC Montessori

Comparative Anatomy: The Montessori Systems of the Phyla

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This work is known throughout the Montessori training centers, teachers and schools as "The Systems Work" or "The Systems of the Phyla work". For years it has been an elusive work that teachers had to piecemeal together to introduce the concepts presented. Now, for the first time, this work is being made available through ETC Montessori.  

This work presents the concepts of:

  1. Support and Movement
  2. Circulation
  3. Digestion
  4. Respiration
  5. Reproduction, and
  6. Sensory

for each of the following phyla:

  • Poryphera
  • Cnidaria
  • Platyhelminthes
  • Nematodes
  • Annelids
  • Mollusks
  • Echinoderms
  • Arthropods
  • Osteichthyes
  • Amphibians
  • Reptiles
  • Aves (Birds), and
  • Mammals

This is one of the largest works that elementary students will engage in as they explore the common characteristics these animals share. The pictures are expertly illustrated making each element clear so that students can clearly isolate the concept and understand the differences and similarities between the phyla. Each phylum is color coded making it easy to isolate and present. 

This material is shelf ready:

The control charts and the labels are printed directly on wood using our vivid colors technology that provides UV protection so that colors and pictures will not fade or peel off or scratch off. The cards are printed on our thick plastic, cut and ready to put on the shelf. 

The complete set includes the following: 

  • 13 Wall Charts printed on plastic
  • 2 Control charts printed on wood
  • 6 System Labels printed on wood
  • 96 Picture and Label Cards printed on plastic and cut
  • 96 Definition Cards printed on plastic and cut
  • 96 Labels printed on plastic and cut
  • Online Teacher's Guide that contains:
    • 20 Teacher presented and led Research Projects
    • NGSS Standards


Whole Card  3¾ x 5 in.  9.5 x 12.7 cm.
Part Card 3¾ x 4 in. 9.5 x 10.2 cm.
Label Card 3¾ x 1 in 9.5 x 2.5 cm.
Wall Chart 8.5 x 11 in. 21.6 x 28 cm.



Look at our Science Flow Chart for Upper Elementary to see how this work fits in with the traditional Montessori curriculum.

View the Standards that are met through this material.

Teacher's Guide with Research Projects and NGSS standards being met.


1 Acrylic J Stand

1 Quarter page card holder

2 Full page card holder

1 set of Plastic Sleeve Holders (will utilize a minimum of 13 sleeves)

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