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The Montessori great lesson Coming of Life is one of the narrative, impressionistic stories that serve as an introduction to many, many lessons in the elementary curriculum.
In telling the Coming of Life story, the Montessori Timeline of Life material is often used. It charts the Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras, and the various plants and animals that appeared and eventually disappeared along the history of life on earth.
The Montessori Timeline of Life lesson is a natural springboard for many of the most interesting topics in biology — from simple to complex, from ancient to urgently current — such as:
Note: The stories and presentations in this post are based on traditional Montessori materials but the worksheets that follow are based on the best currently available science.
The story of The Coming of Life is told in two videos below, while the third video is a clip panning slowly through the Timeline of Life chart (material).
Here are just some of the activities you can do with the Montessori timeline of life:
Note on the Worksheets
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