Octopus Life Cycle And Parts Of an Octopus Printable

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You are invited to download the Octopus Pack with learning printables for preschool and kindergarten children. Use this resource with clear true-to-life images to create hands-on ocean-themed activities for your students or for exploring invertebrates in your classroom.

Octopus life cycle parts of an octopus characteristics montessori nature printables

Children will learn stages of the octopus life cycle, and parts of an octopus, practice sequencing skills and work to improve their concentration and fine motor skills.

This resource contains an octopus life cycle poster, worksheet, 3-part cards, and parts of an octopus printable.

Octopus life cycle parts of an octopus characteristics montessori nature printables

Here is what’s included:

  • Octopus life cycle poster
  • Octopus life cycle 3 part cards
  • Octopus life cycle coloring, cutting, and pasting worksheet
  • Octopus life cycle tracing strips
  • Parts of an octopus poster
  • Parts of an octopus poster minus labels
  • Parts of an octopus labels
  • Parts of an octopus tracing & independent writing
  • Octopus characteristics color poster
  • Octopus characteristics black line poster
  • Octopus characteristics mat
  • Octopus characteristics color cards
  • Octopus characteristics tracing & coloring student booklet
  • Sea Otter characteristics student booklet

Age: Preschool ages 3 – 6 years

Subjects and uses in the classroom: Ocean biome, Invertebrates, Nature Table, Science Centers, Fine motor, Prewriting

How to use this resource:

Parts of an octopus– Gather books about octopuses 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.

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 octopus body.

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

Octopus 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. Present control cards and invite the child to lay the stages of the cycle in the correct order.

Octopus 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.

Octopus tracing/labeling 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 invite the child to trace or label parts of the octopus and octopus life cycle.

You might like to invite the students to compare the life cycle of the octopus with other sea creatures.

After reading books on octopuses, children can be invited to name the animal characteristics as they place picture cards onto the mat.

There are four blackline follow-up printouts available. These can be cut to make a booklet if you wish.

Younger children are invited to color pages or draw characteristics of the animal. Emergent writers are invited to use lined booklet printout sheets to write the characteristics down by answering questions. 

After completing the task volunteers may like to make a small group report about their findings.

Here is a fun activity you may like to try. Lay out the characteristics of foxes and otters and invite the children to choose and identify animal characteristics these two creatures have in common and explore how they differ.

Octopus life cycle parts of an octopus characteristics montessori nature printables

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  • classification poster for self-check
  • 3 working mat with 2 groups on each and 8 animals that represent them
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This printable is a part of the Nature Curriculum in Cards Series. 

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Animal sorting and classifying activity with vertebrates and invertebrates.

The printable features photographic cards for sorting and cards with clipart images
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2 workmats “Invertebrates” and “Vertebrates”
9 cards with real photographic images of vertebrate and invertebrate animals (18 in total)
definition cards
control card for self-check
student printouts for sorting with black and white clipart images and control card for self-check
10 pages
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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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