ETC Montessori

Cladistic Tree of Life

Current Stock:
0.90 LBS
CPSIA Exempt
Available on:
Recycled Plastic Synthetic
  • No Lamination Required.
  • Printed on Premium Thick Plastic and Cut.
  • This material is ready to start using. No other prep work is needed.


Control Chart  39 x 36 in.  99 x 92 cm.
Mute Chart 39 x 36 in. 99 x 92 cm. 

Designed to complement the study of the kingdoms, this tree of life is based on the cladistical taxonomic system, and it categorizes organisms into groups based on their evolutionary relationships. It is based on the principle of parsimony, which states that the most likely explanation for the similarities and differences among organisms is that they are inherited from a common ancestor beginning by showing the progression of life from amino acids through the development of the various kingdoms. 

Although the idea of a tree of life was originally described by Charles Darwin, it was not readily accepted until Carl Woese offered to refine the idea using genetic data to show that all organisms share common genetic patterns that can ultimately be traced back to a common origin. 


  • Control Chart
  • Mute Chart
  • Movable Pieces

Control and mute charts are made from the same material (recycled plastic) that our timelines are constructed from so there is no need for lamination of the charts. 


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

Full color charts with actual real-life photographs to engage students.

View the Standards met through this material.


1 ETC Horizontal Chart Holder - Small

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