Gemstones 3 Part Cards – Free Geology Printable

Gemstones 3 Part Cards is a valuable free geology printable resource for Montessori preschool students. These cards provide an engaging and interactive way for young learners to explore and identify various gemstones. With beautiful images and clear labels, students can practice matching and categorizing gemstones while developing their vocabulary and knowledge of the natural world. This printable is a fantastic addition to any Montessori curriculum, sparking curiosity and fostering a love for geology in young minds.

About Gemstones

Gemstones are beautiful and rare rocks that people find in the Earth. They come in many different colors and shapes, just like candies!

Gemstones can be found in all different parts of the world. Some common gemstones include diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. Each gemstone has its own special colors and properties.

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Did you know that people have been fascinated by gemstones for thousands of years? They have been used to make pretty jewelry, like necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Some gemstones, like diamonds, are very valuable and rare.

You might notice that some gemstones sparkle when light hits them. This is because they reflect light in a very special way. These sparkles are called “facets” and make gemstones look even more magical!

Gemstones can be polished and cut into different shapes to make them look even more beautiful. Some gemstones are big, while others are very tiny. Some are smooth, while others have rough textures.

It’s important to remember that gemstones are not just pretty rocks. They are also special because they can have meanings.

Gemstones hands-on learning activities

Sorting and Classifying:

Provide a tray filled with various gemstones of different shapes, sizes, and colors. Have the preschool students sort the gemstones into different categories based on their characteristics such as color, shape, or size.

Sensory Exploration:

Place a variety of gemstones in a sensory bin filled with sand. Allow the preschool students to explore the gemstones through touch and sensory play. They can feel the different textures and temperatures of the gemstones and describe their sensory experiences.

Gemstone Art:

Provide gemstones and paper for the preschool students to create gemstone collages or mosaics. They can use glue to attach the gemstones onto the paper, creating their own unique art pieces.

Gemstone Storytelling:

Use gemstones as props for storytelling activities. The preschool students can choose a gemstone from a selection, and the teacher can prompt them to create a story based on the gemstone’s appearance or characteristics. This activity encourages creativity and language development.

Gemstone Counting and Math:

Use gemstones to introduce basic math concepts. The preschool students can practice counting and sorting gemstones into groups based on their quantity. They can also use gemstones as manipulatives for addition and subtraction activities.

Gemstone Sensory Bottles:

Fill clear plastic bottles with water, oil, or clear glue, and add gemstones to create sensory bottles. The preschool students can shake and observe the gemstones floating in the liquid, promoting visual stimulation and calming sensory experiences.

Gemstone Letters and Shapes:

Use gemstones to form letters and shapes on a flat surface. The preschool students can use their fingers to trace the outlines of the gemstones, reinforcing letter recognition and shape identification.

Gemstone Geography:

Introduce different gemstone types and their locations around the world. Show pictures or maps of where gemstones are typically found and discuss their geographical origins. This activity promotes cultural awareness and knowledge about different regions.

Gemstones 3 part cards freebie

You are invited to download the 3 part cards featuring gemstones – learning Geography printables for preschool and kindergarten children. Use this resource with watercolor drawings to explore geology with your students. This resource will be useful if you plan to explore the rocks and minerals in your Montessori and early childhood classroom.

Here is what’s included:

  • 12 x picture cards
  • 12 x control cards
  • 12 x label cards
  • student booklet for coloring and independent writing

Montessori Three-Part Cards are designed for children to learn and process the information on the cards.
They consist of a card with the picture and the word label, a card with the picture, and a card with the word label.
Step 1: Lay down all the picture cards, introducing one term at a time.
Step 2: Ask the child to point to the picture card you ask for.
Step 3: Gather the picture cards in your hand. Place one card at a time down and ask, “What is this?“
Step 4: Ask the child to match the figurine to the picture.
If a child is still engaged:
Step 5: Lay down all the labeled picture cards (control cards). Read each word to the child.
Step 6: Ask the child to match each picture card to the labeled picture cards (control cards).
Step 7: Ask the child to take the top label card and compare it to the first labeled picture card, until they find the matching label card for each control card.
Once a child can read:
Step one: Ask the child to lay down the picture cards and name each term.
Step two: Ask the child to read each label card and match it to the picture card.
Step three: Ask the child to use the labeled picture cards (control cards) to self-correct.

To view a video with three-part card extension ideas, click here.

As a follow-up activity, the child can be invited to make a booklet. The child is invited to color pictures and copy new vocabulary he or she learned when working with the card set.

gemstones 3 part cards

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About Anastasia - Anastasia is an early childhood teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature - a blog about Montessori living and learning and nature-based explorations. With many years of experience working in a Montessori environment and homeschooling her children, she directed her passion for all things Montessori and nature into creating educational resources. You can learn more here and browse her printables on Teachers Pay Teachers.