Manatee Life Cycle And Parts Of A Manatee Printable

Manatees are fascinating creatures that capture the hearts of all who learn about them. In this post, you can learn about a collection of Montessori printables specifically designed for preschool, kindergarten, and Grade 1 students. These resources include 3-part cards, information cards, student booklets, and diagrams covering various aspects of manatee biology and ecology, such as their life cycle, anatomy, types, and characteristics. These materials not only help children learn about South American and North American animals but also provide valuable insights into the marine biome. Additionally, we have included hands-on learning activities with a manatee theme to further engage young learners in the wonders of the natural world.


About manatees

Manatees are fascinating creatures that capture the hearts of many people around the world. These gentle giants are actually marine mammals that can be found in the waters of South America, North America, and the oceans.

Manatees have a unique life cycle that starts with their birth in the waters. Baby manatees are called calves, and they are born underwater and immediately start swimming with their mothers. As they grow, they learn how to feed on aquatic plants and algae, and eventually become independent.

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One of the most distinctive features of manatees is their anatomy. They have stout bodies with paddle-like flippers that help them move through the water. Their nostrils are located on top of their heads, allowing them to breathe while swimming close to the surface. Their diet consists mainly of seagrasses and other aquatic plants, which they use their flippers to grab and bring to their mouths.

It is important for children to learn about manatees because they are an endangered species, with populations under threat from habitat loss, boat strikes, and pollution. By understanding the challenges facing manatees, children can learn about the importance of conservation and how they can help protect these amazing animals.

Incorporating a manatee theme into classroom units for preschool, kindergarten, and Grade 1 Montessori students can be a fun and educational way to introduce them to these fascinating creatures. Here are some ideas for incorporating manatees into South America, North America, and ocean units:

South America Unit: Teach children about the Amazonian manatee, which is found in the rivers and lakes of the Amazon rainforest. Discuss the habitat, diet, and unique features of these manatees, and compare them to their ocean-dwelling relatives.

North America Unit: Explore the West Indian manatee, which can be found in the coastal waters of Florida and the Caribbean. Discuss the threats facing these manatees and ways to help protect their habitats.

Ocean Unit: Introduce children to the different species of manatees that can be found in oceans around the world, including the dugong and the African manatee. Discuss the importance of conservation efforts to protect these animals and their habitats.

Incorporate hands-on activities such as creating manatee art projects, reading books about manatees, and watching videos of these gentle giants in their natural habitats. By learning about manatees, children can develop a greater appreciation for the diverse and fragile ecosystems of the world’s oceans.

Manatee themed learning activities for children

Manatees are fascinating creatures that capture the imagination of children with their gentle demeanor and unique appearance. In the classroom, teachers can harness this interest in manatees to create fun and engaging hands-on activities that integrate multiple areas of learning. Here are some ideas for manatee-themed activities that can be incorporated into the classroom:

Sensory Bin: Create a sensory bin filled with water, sand, and plastic manatee figurines for children to explore. Encourage children to pretend they are manatees swimming in the ocean, and talk about the different textures and sensations they experience in the bin.

Practical Life: Set up a station where children can practice fine motor skills by using tweezers to pick up small objects, such as sea shells or beads, and place them into a container to “feed” the manatees. This activity also helps children develop hand-eye coordination and concentration.

Language: Create a manatee-themed story corner with books about manatees for children to read independently or with a teacher. Encourage children to use their imagination to make up their own stories about manatees, and provide drawing materials for them to illustrate their stories.

Science: Teach children about the habitat and diet of manatees through hands-on activities. Provide resources for children to learn more about manatees, such as videos or websites with facts and images.

Integrating manatee-themed activities into the classroom can spark children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, while also fostering their creativity and critical thinking skills. By incorporating hands-on, sensorial, practical life, language, and science activities, teachers can create a well-rounded educational experience that engages children and encourages a love for nature and wildlife.


Manatee learning pack

Children will learn the stages of the manatee life cycle and parts of a manatee, practice sequencing skills, and work to improve their concentration and fine motor skills. This resource will come in handy if you are planning to refresh your shelf work with animals of the continents activities, learning about different types of aquatic animals and vertebrates in your Montessori and early childhood classroom.

Are you planning to explore aquatic animals with your students? This new freebie features amazing creatures – manatees. One cool fact! Manatee is a member of the sirenius family. It shares a common ancestor with the elephant. It means that these fascinating creatures are more closely related to the elephant than they are to other marine animals.   Manatees inhabit tropical and subtropical waters of North AmericaSouth America, and Africa.

This resource contains a manatee life cycle poster, worksheet, 3-part cards, and parts of manatee printables.

Here is what’s included:

  • Manatee life cycle poster
  • Manatee life cycle 3 part cards
  • Manatee life cycle information cards
  • Manatee life cycle coloring, cutting, and pasting worksheet
  • Manatee life cycle tracing strips
  • Parts of a Manatee diagram
  • Parts of a Manatee booklet (independent writing)
  • Parts of a Manatee student activity page
  • Parts of a Manatee labels
  • Parts of a Manatee tracing & independent writing
  • Manatee characteristics color poster
  • Manatee characteristics black line poster
  • Manatee characteristics mat
  • Manatee characteristics color cards
  • Manatee characteristics tracing & coloring student booklet
  • Manatee characteristics student booklet

Age: Preschool ages 3 – 8 years

Subjects and uses in the classroom: Aquatic Animals, Animals of South America, Animals of Africa, Animals of North America, Nature Table, Science Centers, Fine motor, Prewriting


Parts of a manatee– Gather books on manatees for children to explore. Print posters and label cards on cardstock and laminate. Cut individual label cards.

Attach clear velcro to the poster without labels and label cards. Velco will come in especially handy if you decide to take your work outdoors. Having an additional challenge for little fingers is always welcomed when working with young children!

Present the poster – name all parts and invite the students to share their thoughts on the various functions of each part. Then read each label and invite the student to match it to the corresponding part of the manatee’s body.

Life cycle poster – print on cardstock and laminate. Present all stages of the manatee life cycle. Invite the children to retell them or tell their own story that features all the stages.

Manatee life cycle 3- part cards – Print on cardstock and laminate if you wish to preserve colors and card quality for future use. Place picture cards in a column and invite the children to match the picture to the picture and the word to the word.

Manatee life cycle line art – supply scissors, glue, and coloring pencils. Invite the student to color and cut cards and glue them into the correct sequence.

Manatee tracing and coloring worksheets – print on cardstock and laminate. Supply an erasable pen. Invite the child to trace the words and color corresponding images. Alternatively, print pages on regular printing paper and slide them into plastic pockets.

Parts of a Manatee Life Cycle Characteristics Facts Types


Enhance your students’ understanding of manatees with these engaging and informative manatee printables! This comprehensive set includes resources on the manatee life cycle, parts of a manatee, manatee characteristics, and different types of manatees. These printables are excellent additional resources for teaching about animals of South America and North America, unusual mammals, and marine animals.…

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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.

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