Presenting Fish Unit Study The Montessori Way



In this blog I’m sharing how I presented a unit of study to my class using a Montessori method. My presentation here is about fish.

Why fish?

I love the idea of structuring science and nature teaching into a memorable, fun and exciting unit of study about fish. During my childhood years Ive been fascinated with the ocean animals and had an interest in exploring and learning more about it.

Being passionate on sharing my knowledge through teaching children, I created this unit of study to nourish them information about the study of fish including activities using Montessori practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language, botany, zoology, geography, peace table, nature table, arts and crafts and learning resources like books, magazines and brochures related to this study.

This is the binder that goes with my project presentation.

Upon completion of this project, I gathered all my resources and had taken some time to do a research and create my own extensions of Montessori materials suitable for the age of children I am working with (2-6 years). I also created an objective that at the at the end of this study my student will be able to understand some facts about fish and habitat, how they live, classification, different types of fish including those that looks like a fish but actually not classified as a fish.


Prepare Your Environment: 

  1. Live fish and aquarium- To get started, gather things to set up in the classroom. The best way to get my students engaged in this study is to show them some live fish and aquarium or fish bowl.
  2. Colorful visuals of fish in a presentation trifold- Fish photos and facts placed at the trifold. Most of the photos used here are from California Academy of Sciences and Audubon Aquarium of Americas. I collected these photos during my holiday travel.
  3. Picture books & photos- I borrowed books from my local library to include in my books shelf. Any books related to fish are placed nicely at the book shelf (far right corner).
  4. Trays or baskets- Okay, Im a hoarder of baskets & trays! I love trays in my classroom. I always look for different sizes of trays or baskets on sale. In a Montessori environment we have different works/jobs that we regularly rotate weekly or biweekly. There are works that doesn’t need to be place in a large tray. With this in mind, I will only use a smaller one to organize materials.
  5. Montessori activities/work- The related unit study works/activities placed in each tray. It is organize particularly according to the photos shown above: practical life, sensorial, math, language, botany, zoology, geography.
  6. Nature Table/Tray
  7. Peace Table

The result of my hard work from this project. I’m a strong believer for “A” yay!

I also selected some unit of studies that Im sharing here to give you more insights about how each presented the Montessori way.


Peace education


Fish (my presentation)



The Animals At Oakland Zoo

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img_6362Female reticulated giraffe

In my last blog, I shared an article about toddler Montessori shelf with a variety of rainforest and farm animal collections. Today, I will be showing photos of our recent zoo visit. During the weekend (April 24, 2016 Sunday) we had a family visit at the Oakland Zoo. This is the first time that my little girl get to see a real wild animals. The zoo was just half hour drive from us.

Oakland Zoo is home to wild animals. It is nestled within the rolling hills of Knowland Park.Is one of the most visited and popular zoo in the Bay Area that is located at Alameda county. They have 660 native and exotic animals through the 45-acre land. The favorite go to places of the students and families during spring and summer. Oakland Zoo is also a leader in education and conservation, offering a variety of on-site and outreach programs. They offer a complete facility if you are planning for a school field trip, group visit, birthday party, zoo camp, family overnight, Zookids classes like Pre-K Program and many more activities.


Bamboo trees! The zoo had a ton of beautiful trees, plants and flowers all over the area. 

Introducing nature and or living things to your students or little ones are a great opportunity to give them understanding about nature. To recognize the interdependence of all living things thus helping them to develop consciousness of their place on earth.


Malayan Wreathed Hornbill

I consider this as a part of a prepared environment in Montessori learning. Early explorations enable them to classify different animals, habitat and species.

Giant statue of a snake laying eggs


Giant frog statue at the children’s park


African Elephant


Reticulated Giraffe (male and female)


Sleeping Tigers


Lesser Flamengo


Aldabra Tortoise





This river otter just took his break from playing. 


She had fun petting the goat.



Beautiful photos of trees, flowers and plants to include to my Botany units. 


Sleeping fruit bats


This gibbon showing off his moves.


A relaxing view of the walkway going to reptiles area. 


The cast of the “super croc” unearthed by paleontologist Paul Sereno in 2000. This is a ten-ton giant crocodile like a size of a school bus! 

Super Croc tail cast

Aside from animals, the zoo had attractions too; like trolley that will let you see all the animals while taking a ride, carousel, small kid rides and souvenir shops. For more information visit the website:

It was an exciting new experience for our little one! She’s really tired and sleepy on our way back home but I could see in her eyes the pure happiness of a child being connected to nature.

I hope you also got the chance to visit your favorite zoo with your kids. Follow my blog to get ideas, tips, guide, insights and more about Montessori way of learning.

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