Montessori Great Lessons - Stories & Activities

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Joyful Learning - Megan Joy
Grade Levels
1st - 3rd
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I am a first year Montessori teacher and this is a FABULOUS resource!!! Easy, straight forward, to the point, great activities. Thank you sooooooooooooo much!
This has been a great resource. The kids really enjoyed the powerpoint that went with the stories. Their follow-up projects have been fun to see as well.


Montessori Great Lessons

This Montessori Great Lesson bundle includes each of the five Great Lesson stories in a child-friendly format along with accompanying follow-up activities for further exploration into the concepts introduced by each impressionistic lesson.


  • Overview of Great Lessons
  • Great Lesson I – The Coming of the Universe Story
    • Reflection & Wonder Prompts & Recording Sheets
    • Experiment Demonstration Extensions (11 total)
    • Saltwater vs. Freshwater Mini-Unit
    • Volcano Mini-Unit

  • Great Lesson II – The Coming of Life Story
    • Reflection & Wonder Prompts & Recording Sheets
    • History of Life 3 Part Cards & Timeline Sort
    • Vertebrates vs. Invertebrates Sort & Activities

  • Great Lesson III – The Coming of Human Beings Story
    • Reflection & Wonder Prompts & Recording Sheets
    • Wants vs. Needs Activity
    • Fundamental Needs of Humans Sort (Material vs. Spiritual Needs)

  • Great Lesson IV – The History of Language Story
    • Reflection & Wonder Prompts & Extensions
    • History of Language 3 Part Cards & Timeline Sort
    • Evolution of the Pen Timeline Activity
    • Cueva De Las Manos Writing Activity
    • Egyptian Hieroglyphics Activity
    • Posters illustrating examples of Pictograms, the Phoenician Alphabet, Cuneiform, Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese Characters, Hebrew Text, and ancient Greek & Latin writing

  • Great Lesson V – The History of Numbers & Mathematics Story
    • Reflection & Wonder Prompts & Extensions
    • History of Numbers 3 Part Cards & Timeline Activity

This bundle contains all you need to teach each Great Lesson and more. Each story includes culminating activities that incorporate writing, drawing, research, timelines, and/or shelf work that can be used throughout the school year. It can be used in both classroom and homeschool settings. Please see the preview for more examples of what is included.

As a bonus, I've included my Saltwater vs. Freshwater with Sink or Float activities and Volcano Mini-Unit for free. These accompany the first Great Lesson (The Coming of the Universe) quite well.

This resource was updated in June of 2021. All future updates are included with your purchase.

I am a certified Montessori teacher (Elementary I, American Montessori Society) with eight years of teaching experience in both private and public Montessori schools. This curriculum has been used in my classroom as well as in MACTE-accredited training programs. For resource design inquiries, or if you are interested in using this resource on a schoolwide level or included in a Montessori teacher preparation program, please contact me at Thank you for your interest!

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