Gemstones 3 Part Cards – Free Geology Printable

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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 come in handy if you are planning to explore the rocks and minerals in your Montessori and early childhood classroom.

Gemstones 3 part cards watercolor blackline montessori nature free printables

Here is what’s included:

  • 12 x picture cards
  • 12 x control cards
  • 12 x label cards
  • student booklet for coloring and independent writing
Gemstones 3 part cards watercolor blackline montessori nature free printables

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 watercolor blackline montessori nature free printables

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All About Gemstones 3 Part Cards Posters

A colorful and engaging resource about gemstones for preschool and lower elementary children. These are great for learning about and identifying twelve precious gems. Children will find out their birthstone and practice tracing, and handwriting. The printable features photographs of crystals and gemstones, true-to-life clipart color, and blackline images.


Here is what’s included:

  • What is a gemstone? information poster
  • Where Gemstones Come From – poster, sequencing activity, and backline printout
  • Two working mats with 12 different types of gemstones  (crystals)
  • Twelve picture cards and 12 label cards with gemstones (turquoise, garnet, amethyst, aquamarine, diamond, emerald, pearl, ruby, peridot, sapphire, opal, topaz)
  • My Book of Birthstones student booklet
  • Birthstone wheel
  • Gemstones tracing and coloring – handwriting blackline sheets
  • Gemstones (clipart) poster and matching cards with 10 types of gemstones
  • 16 pages

This printable is a part of the Nature Curriculum in Cards Series. 
The printable is suitable for children aged 3-8

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  About Anastasia. Anastasia is a former Early Childhood Teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature, a blog about Montessori - inspired and Nature-based explorations. She taught in a Montessori setting for 10 years and has been practicing the Montessori way of learning and living for the last 20 years. She loves designing engaging educational printables for children. Browse Anastasia's educational resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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