My elementary students loved looking at and making scientific drawings. For some, art was the beginning of their interest in science. This 2–part card set introduces 12 famous scientist-artists through their beautiful illustrations. Included are 12 drawings and 12 matching labels, as well as 9 book links to children's biographies of the featured scientists.
Drawings by: Copernicus, Galileo, da Vinci, Darwin, Newton, Franklin, Watt, Golgi, Ramón y Cajal, Haeckel, Hooke, and Agassiz.
I kept a rotating thematic display shelf in the classroom (a "mini-museum"), periodically changing pictures, books, etc. You might display the cards and corresponding books on little stands to inspire spontaneous interest and art work.
Use the pictures and labels for reading, a springboard for research, or inspiration in creating your own scientific drawings. Print, laminate, and use a paper cutter to neatly separate the individual cards and labels.
For more information on drawing in the Montessori classroom, see Part V in The Advanced Montessori Method, Vol. 2. Dr. Montessori discusses the study of natural science as a great help in drawing, which in turn increases the child's observation skills. She mentions the work of Ernst Haeckel specifically.