Parts of a Jellyfish

Hello, Mr. Jellyfish. You are quite a mystery… do you have a brain? A heart? Eyes to see who you’re free-floating into? I think you’re a pretty fascinating creature, but your long stringy things sure do sting. I’m curious to learn more about you so that I can respect you more… because you are one of the oldest ocean animals on our beautiful planet Earth.

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  • parts of a jellyfish nomenclature cards (from The Montessori Company found HERE)
  • tray or container for the cards
  • jellyfish model (optional – found HERE)
  • parts of a jellyfish coloring booklet (comes with nomenclature cards)
  • parts of a jellyfish description cards (found in my Shop, HERE)
  • pencil
  • colored pencils
  • stapler

Be sure to see my next post on How To Draw (and paint) a jellyfish, found HERE!


 Set all of your Parts of a Jellyfish nomenclature cards to the far left of your rug or table. In this case, I’ll refer to a rug as the workspace. I like to line up my cards from top to bottom in the order I am going to set them out to match. Keep the coloring pages in the container for now.

 Pick up the top card of the picture/name stack and place it from left to right, top to bottom of the rug. I always like to have the whole animal as the first card.

 Continue laying all of the cards out from left to right, top to bottom, while reading each card out loud. For each card you can point to the part of the body named on the card.

 When you’re finished talking about each part of the jellyfish body, you can pick up the first picture card. Mine just happened to be the whole jellyfish body. I exaggerate the moment of comparing the two cards to make sure the picture matches…

 Then place it on top of the picture/name card. Another option is to set the card below the picture/name card, but I choose this way because of space.

 Grab another picture card and compare to each picture until you find the one that matches. Then place it on top (or below) the picture/name card.

 Continue matching the pictures until all of the picture cards are with their buddies.

 The third part of the “three part card” is to match the names of the body parts. For beginner and pre-readers, this may simply be by matching the letters. For readers, this is done by reading the word.

 Once you find the match, place the name card on top of the picture/name card.

 Grab another name card from the stack and start from left to right, top to bottom of your rows. Compare to the first card that does not yet have a match. These two obviously don’t match!

 Continuing comparing the names until you find the lucky match. Then place it on top.

 Continue doing this until all of the name cards are with their matches. If you’re using a model of a jellyfish, now you can use it to compare the parts on the cards.

 See if the child can find the parts on the model.

 The bell… also the exumbrella on the top.

 And the whole jellyfish!

If your child is a reader, you can use the nomenclature description cards that I made to match The Montessori Company’s jellyfish cards. You can find these in my shop, HERE. This is how you can use them:
 Pick up the first card (I often make sure that it’s the whole animal description) and show the child that the name of the body part (and animal) is going to be italicized… but they still need to read the card.

 Once you have found the match, place the description card underneath.

 Pick up another one and find the match.

 Point out the singular and plural for rhopalia/rhopalium (plural/singular).

 Continue to lay out all of the description cards until they are all matched with their buddies. The control of error here is a remaining card that doesn’t match the remaining description card. Then you’ll need to go back through to find the proper match.

 Pat yourself on the back and prepare for making a booklet.

 Choose the colors you want to use to color your jellyfish. You can try to keep it as simple as possible, but I’ve never turned down a hot pink jellyfish!

 You can see a more detailed version of coloring your pages in my post Parts of a Fox, HERE. When you’re finished coloring all of your pages and writing down the body part on the provided lines, staple the pages together with the whole animal page on the front. You can also make a cover for your book.

 Show your friends you new Parts of a Jellyfish book!

 If the child is ready or willing, he can also copy the description onto the back of each page like this.

Be sure to visit The Montessori Company’s website for more ideas. Their watercolor illustrations are so beautiful and a great addition to your classroom!

(Note: I am not receiving any kind of compensation from this post – this reflects my own captivation and opinion of these cards!)

Here are some other “Parts of” posts you  might like:

Parts of a Fox I
Parts of a Fox II
Parts of a Mushroom






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