- Birds are warm-blooded vertebrate animals that have wings, feathers, a beak, no teeth and strong, hollow bones.
- Birds live everywhere.
- In the spring many birds migrate to various places to live. Here in northeastern Wisconsin we see the return of robins, goldfinch, sand hill cranes, ducks, geese and many more.
- All birds lay eggs from which their young hatch.
- Most birds can fly.
- Birds use a lot of energy while flying and they need to eat a lot of food to give them energy.
- Bird beaks differ for various jobs: chiseling, breaking seeds, drinking nectar, fishing, tearing.
- Lots of information can be found at: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/birds/
Class Book - Create a class book about birds. On each page insert a clip art picture. Include the sentence: My bird can ________.
Print out various bird coloring pages. After the children color the page have them write or tell you to write descriptive sentences about the bird picture.
Famous Birds - Tweety, Big Bird, Woody Woodpecker, Roadrunner, Donald Duck, Daffy Duck, Darkwing Duck, Owl (from Winnie the Pooh) - Before class gather an assortment of clipart pictures of the famous birds. Put the pictures on various items in the classroom. During class the students will tell where the birds are sitting. Ex. Woody Woodpecker is on the orange cabinet door. Stress the concept of using complete, descriptive sentences. Famous Bird pictures - http://www.vaxxine.com/sparrow/bird-page.htm
Hide N Seek
Birds - Before the children go outside, hide
various bird pictures all over
the play equipment. Allow the children time to find the pictures.
Discussion - Tell the highest place you found a bird picture. How
many birds were under something? What bird was hiding under the swings?
etc. When all of the birds have been found, let the children who
want to continue the game take turns hiding the birds.
Bald Eagles - Our nation's symbol. See Enchanted Learning for lots of information.
American Robin - Wisconsin's state bird. See Enchanted Learning for lots of information. Check the Enchanted Learning web site for your state bird.
Canadian Geese - See Kidzone for goose information. Great print outs. http://www.kidzone.ws/animals/birds/canada-goose.htm
Make a book - Mommy Bird http://www.dltk-teach.com/minibooks/spring/index.htm
Tissue Paper Birds - children will draw a large bird shape on a piece of paper. Outline the bird with permanent marker. Tear pieces of tissue paper to cover the shape, glue in place using watered down glue and paint brushes. Tissue paper may be wrinkled to give the effect of feathers.
Polish Wycinanki (vee-chee-nan-key) - http://www.dltk-kids.com/t/world/wycinanki.htm (Polish papercutting) Print the pattern from the link listed. Remind student to cut only on the solid lines. Glue the cut out pattern to a piece of construction paper.
Bird's Nest - Draw a large tree branch on a piece of light blue construction paper. Be sure to include leaves and twigs. Using brown, tan, yellow yarn cut short strands to form pieces of the nest. Cut out the shape of bird eggs. Glue to the eggs onto the bird nest.
Bird Crafts from DLTK - Choose from a wide variety of craft projects. Some very easy and others are quite challenging. http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/birds.html
– Bird toast – toast bread; spread with butter; sprinkle with sugar and
cinnamon; cut out bird shape with cookie cutter; talk about the shape that is
left in the crust of the toast, etc.
Penguin Snack - Very cute penguin made with an oreo, candy corn and a chocolate kiss. http://www.dltk-kids.com/recipes/oreopenguin.htm