NAMC Montessori Upper Elementary Diploma Program Curriculum Samples
NAMC Montessori Upper Elementary Diploma Program Curriculum Samples
NAMC Montessori Upper Elementary Diploma Program Curriculum Samples
Montessori Upper Elementary Curriculum Samples [Ages 9–12 Years]

Three years and a team of professional writers and designers with meticulous attention to detail give you the best Upper Elementary teaching resources available worldwide! This diploma program includes fifteen incredibly detailed, beautifully designed curriculum manuals. NAMC has designed curriculum support material and Mastery Checklists, customized to complement each area of NAMC’s curriculum. The checklists are a valuable record-keeping resource used to keep track of and evaluate your students’ progress. In addition, they present our wide range of curriculum and resources in a graphical, easy-to-use manner that will aid teachers in both curriculum management and integration.

Fifteen professionally written, full-color Montessori manuals and a wide range of resources will prepare you to present Montessori activities and materials to upper elementary students.


Montessori 6–12 Classroom Guide

NAMC’s Montessori 6–12 Classroom Guide presents ideas, principles, techniques, and materials that inspire, inform, and guide Montessori elementary teachers. This indispensable teaching resource provides you with detailed information regarding the theory, philosophy, and methodology of Dr. Montessori, preparing you to confidently guide students through the elementary years. Topics covered in the Classroom Guide include:

  • A brief history of Dr. Montessori and the development of the Montessori method
  • The growth and development of children, including their planes of development
  • A summary of Montessori terms
  • Preparing the Montessori environment
  • Presenting lessons the Montessori way
  • Preparing for the school year
  • The typical day
  • The role of the teacher

Montessori Blog Articles

NAMC has created a library of close to 700 articles on Montessori education. Since 2007, we have been building this resource and the articles are searchable by topic. VISIT THE BLOG

Language and Math

NAMC's Upper Elementary Montessori Language Arts 1 Manual

Language Arts 1 Manual

Furthering the solid skills developed in the Montessori lower elementary program, NAMC’s Upper Elementary Language Arts 1 curriculum manual fosters a love of reading and communicating. At the core of this curriculum is skill development in speaking and listening, handwriting, and grammar. The activities related to speaking and listening are especially important for this age group. They provide practice in public speaking, drama, interviewing, and debate — preparing students to feel comfortable and confident communicating their ideas.

NAMC's Upper Elementary Montessori Language Arts 2 Manual

Language Arts 2 Manual

NAMC’s Language Arts 2 curriculum manual centers on reading and writing, beginning with the study and analysis of literature in a range of forms — novels, poetry, biographies, plays, and more. After discovering how amazing the written word can be, students are then invited to write their own words with creative writing activities and then to learn more about the mechanics of writing, word study, and spelling. The final section of the manual focuses on the cross-curricular skill of writing essays and research reports.

NAMC's Upper Elementary Montessori Mathematics 1 Manual

Mathematics 1 — Whole Numbers and Fractions Manual

The NAMC Mathematics 1 curriculum manual continues with the hands-on approach that is the hallmark of Montessori learning but affords the students more opportunities to enhance their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills as they are ready to do so. Working with the activities in this manual, students learn more about numerical place value in the decimal system; operations with whole numbers; multiples, factors, and divisibility; and fractions. They are also introduced to the concepts of decimal fractions; percent, ratio, and proportion; and rounding off numbers.

NAMC's Upper Elementary Montessori Mathematics 2 Manual

Mathematics 2 — Negative Numbers and Pre-Algebra Manual

NAMC’s Mathematics 2 curriculum manual focuses on increasingly abstract mathematical concepts, including negative numbers; non-terminating decimals and irrational numbers; equalities and inequalities; pre-algebra; and bases. Although the concepts are complex, the manual presents the activities in a step-by-step manner that is easy to follow. Montessori teachers usually find that this manual is best suited to the oldest students in the upper elementary classroom.

NAMC's Lower Elementary Montessori Mathematics 3 Manual

Mathematics 3 — Geometry Manual

The NAMC Mathematics 3 curriculum manual gives students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of geometry. Some of the materials and concepts will be familiar to students, allowing to them build on the knowledge they developed in the lower elementary program. Others, like the study of polyhedra, introduce students to new and fascinating concepts. Throughout the manual, students are encouraged to explore concepts through hands-on activities that incorporate a variety of Montessori materials. Although these are increasingly abstract concepts, the step-by-step presentations and the focus on student involvement foster high student success.


NAMC's Upper Elementary Montessori Physical Geography Manual

Physical Geography Manual

NAMC’s Upper Elementary Physical Geography curriculum manual encourages students to learn more about the earth’s physical environment, including its formation and ongoing transformations. Continuing the learning that began in the lower elementary program, this manual focuses on earth’s biosphere, including the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere — parts of the earth where living things reside. Through hands-on activities, students discover that these three spheres are inextricably linked and that logical patterns emerge over time. Examining these patterns leads to an understanding of weather and weather systems, how the earth evolved into its current form, and how it may change in the future.

NAMC's Lower Elementary Montessori Cultural Geography Manual

Cultural Geography Manual

The NAMC Upper Elementary Cultural Geography curriculum manual motivates students to examine the regions of earth and its people through balanced, detailed analysis. The manual begins by presenting the exploration of maps and how they connect humans to the environment. Students then build on their lower elementary work, examining the continents and the regional differences reflected in how people satisfy their basic needs. Students are then introduced to the concept of human adaptation, followed by a discussion of cultural celebrations. The final section of the manual focuses on research reports, an integral part of the upper elementary Montessori program, and the ideal vehicle through which students can broaden and deepen their understanding of cultural geography.

NAMC's Upper Elementary Montessori World History Manual

World History Manual

Humankind’s short time on earth is full of fascinating events and amazing developments that do indeed affect our daily lives. History at the upper elementary level centers on prehistory, archeology, ancient civilizations, early exploration of the world, European history, and history through art. History of modern countries is presented as an opportunity for older students to carry out a major research project. The final section of this manual, Historical Research, shows ways that teachers can guide students in using research tools common to historians, carrying out research, and writing research reports.

NAMC's Upper Elementary Montessori US History Manual

US History Manual

NAMC’s US History curriculum manual provides students with an overview of how the United States of America was formed and inspires them to learn more about the exciting and diverse people and events that shaped the nation’s history. Students learn about the country’s indigenous peoples, exploration and settlement by non-natives, colonial times, the formation of the country, technological and social change, the effect of world events in the early 1900s, the individual states, the people of America, and the government.

NAMC's Upper Elementary Montessori Canadian History Manual

Canadian History Manual

The NAMC Canadian History curriculum includes a general overview of the history of Canada, providing students with interesting information of how the country was formed and motivating them to further research those aspects of Canada’s story that they find inspiring or exciting. Students learn about the country’s indigenous peoples, exploration and settlement by non-natives, the formation of the country, technological and social change, the effect of world events in the early 1900s, the individual provinces and territories, the people of Canada, and the government.


NAMC's Upper Elementary Montessori Astronomy and Ecology Manual

Astronomy and Ecology Manual

The studies of Astronomy and Ecology are combined conveniently in a single curriculum manual for the NAMC upper elementary program. Students study the concrete realities and abstract concepts of astronomy, all in relation to humanity and its place in the universe. Topics include constellations, light years, astronomical tools, stars, the sun, the earth, the solar system, the moon, tides, eclipses, meteors, asteroids, comets, and space exploration. Through ecology, students study the relationships between living things and their environments. They explore the exciting topics of ecosystems and biodiversity in the context of the interconnectedness of all living things on earth, and they learn more about the balance and resilience this interconnectedness creates.

NAMC's Upper Elementary Montessori Scientific Method and Technology Manual

Scientific Method and Technology Manual

The NAMC Upper Elementary Scientific Method and Technology manual allows students to explore the tools and procedures that scientists use to further their knowledge about the world, examining the basic machines and tools of technology and their applications. Students are introduced to technologies that people have used throughout history to further their understanding of science and meet their basic needs. The final section of the manual presents a number of inspiring technology research projects that older students will enjoy conducting with the teacher’s guidance.

NAMC's Upper Elementary Montessori Health Sciences Manual

Health Sciences Manual

Montessori believed that a healthy body, spirit, and mind were the keys to creating peaceful, productive citizens. NAMC’s approach to health sciences in the upper elementary curriculum embraces this philosophy, focusing not just on physical health but also on wellness, which includes hygiene, media awareness, and healthy relationships — all of which are so vital to the elementary age student. Also included in the manual are discussions regarding the body, food and food handling, nutrition, individual and community development, and physical education and sport.

NAMC's Upper Elementary Montessori Zoology Manual

Zoology Manual

The NAMC Upper Elementary Zoology curriculum manual invites students to explore the animal kingdom and develop an understanding of its interconnections. Students investigate animal routines before focusing on the external anatomy and classification of animals, building significantly upon classification principles they learned in the lower elementary program. Students apply their new understanding of classification to identifying animals and then learn about internal anatomy, physiology, and adaptation. Furthering their understanding of cosmic education, students also examine the relationship animals have with humans.

Botany and Microscopic Study Manual

The NAMC Upper Elementary Botany and Microscopic Study manual is designed to instill in students a fascination with the world of plants and an appreciation for the role plants play in shaping the environment. The manual gives students a review of what they know about plants and then furthers that knowledge through activities and experiments. Moving from classification to in-depth examinations of the structure and function of plants, students are then invited to learn more about the connection between plants and humans. Microscopic study begins with an exploration of plant and animal cells and how cells work together to perform specific functions.

NAMC's Upper Elementary Montessori Matter and Energy Manual

Matter and Energy Manual

The NAMC Matter and Energy curriculum manual encourages students to investigate the nature of matter and energy through a series of hands-on activities. In addition to discovering the fundamentals of what matter is, students also consider matter’s different forms and ways in which it can be combined. In the second section of the manual, students are introduced to the concept that everything that happens in the world requires energy and they are invited to explore some of the many forms of energy.

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Elizabeth Zobel
Connecticut, USA

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