Showing posts with label bird unit study. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bird unit study. Show all posts

Montessori Inspired Bird Unit Activities for Preschoolers

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The inspiration behind this unit activity is because we’ve been seeing a lot of birds now and that Vito loves chicken. In my IG account, I shared how much he adored the chickens in the park and can’t stop talking about them.  So I put up these activity trays for him to work on while he’s still interested in birds.  We started with some of these already and so far he’s having fun!
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Introducing the Life Cycle of a Chicken to Preschoolers

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

We are learning about birds this month, and the first activity we did was to look into the life of a chicken.  Chicken, especially a hen is a popular subject for bird study because it’s convenient and always available for nature-study.  Take for example in our case, Vito got really interested into chickens during our visit to the park weeks ago.  He just can’t stop talking about his experience with the chickens in the park, so I decided to borrow some books in the library about chickens so we can talk about this bird more.
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The Owl and Other Nocturnal Creatures

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

With all these Halloween decorations, Vito became fascinated with owls. We’ve been reading The Owl and Owl Babies for days now, and he loves looking at the pictures matching his animal figure. He would also pretend to to have big eyes and pretend flying around the house and say “Im owl Mommy”.    So I whipped a few activities to help him explore this beautiful creature together with some night-time animals.DSC_8961

Bird Themed Activities for Toddlers

Friday, April 15, 2016

Vito is 28 months old.
Here’s a recap of our week!  You may copy any of these for your own home school journey!

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Bird Theme: Owl Babies Craft

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


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For the Bird Theme, we are reading Owl Babies and The Story About Ping books.  Vito enjoys reading them with me but he loves Owl Babies more. So in line with it, we made some cotton owls at home to extend our learning about owls and the textures of birds.

FREE Safari Toob Backyard Birds Matching Cards

Monday, April 11, 2016

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These cards were used in our bird matching activity as shown in the picture.  Enjoy!

Bird Theme: Spaghetti Bird’s Nest

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The boys are still giddy of doing this themed-activities weekly, and yes even Mavi loves it as he gets to join us from time to time.

We're seeing A LOT of nests in the neighborhood because the trees are still bare, so this has got me thinking of making a bird's nest at home.  I told the boys all about it, and they were so excited! There are so many versions of this if you searched in the web: the yarn, shredded newspaper… but I wanted to try the spaghetti as I have some that are about to expire.  (this idea was inspired by Let’s Tot School)

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FREE Bird Unit Pack for Preschoolers (Part Two)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

As promised, here's the second part of my Bird Unit Pack for your little ones!  Enjoy!

 

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Oh and don't forget to download the first part as well :)

 

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Thank you once again!

Bird Unit Activities

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Son's request was for us to have another bird unit (click here for our previous lessons).  So here are the activities and materials I have gathered for this week's unit study.

Bird Nomenclature and Definition Cards.  Whenever we study animals, I always start by introducing the different parts of the animals and how they function.  I just have to say we've been using 3 part cards method and it has accelerated my son's reading.

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Following the nomenclature and definition, my son always works with the activity sheet identifying the parts.  Here he can make his own booklet of bird parts using colored pencils and crayons. 

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Bird parts booklet.  This method enables my son to practice his spelling and a much deeper understanding of the bird parts.

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Bird species matching.  I provided bird pictures in the my Bird Pack which we use to identify the different species of birds. We use our Safari Toob bird collection (and Schleich too). DSC_0254

 

Bird's feet classification.  I made a table of the different types of bird's feet and list down the bird (figures) that we have.  This activity aims to identify the the bird's habitat and lifestyle.

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Similarly, I printed out a picture of the different shape of the bird's beak from here.  With this activity Mavi will be able to tell what the birds eat.  This activity was inspired by this one.

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Bird's colors.  Because Mavi loves to color, I collected these images from the web.  The aim of this activity is for Mavi to color the birds based on our figures.

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The nomenclature cards, definition and bird cards were also from the Bird Pack.  Click the image below for the link.

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Bird Study Part II

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sharing with you the conclusion of our Bird Study Unit which we started a last week. 

You can read about the first part here.

Activities related to our study can be found here and here.

Bird's Beak.  Now this is a new activity which we didn't touch last year.  It was way advance for a 3 yrs old but now that my son can grasp complex information, I decided to introduce this to him.  I got the picture from The Visual Dictionary, it shows some of the different sizes and shapes of a bird's beak.  Based on what we have learned from our Bird Parts Definition booklet (Bird Pack), the beak or bill is used mostly for grooming, protection and how birds catch and eat their food.  Some  are long so they can catch foods in the water, some are short because they mainly eat soft fruits and some can be sharp as they are used to hunt other birds and animals.

So we used our bird figures again to examine the different beaks.  These figures are from Safari Toob and Schleich... I have been collecting them for years as my son loves animals and they're learning materials.

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Bird's Feet.  We also talked about the different shapes of a bird's foot.  They are designed to be different are birds live in different habitats. Like birds living in water have webbed feet for swimming, those living in trees have sharp claws etc.  Again, I printed out the picture seen below from here.

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I also used this information in our discussion. You can get this from Science Buddies.

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Next, we talked about different types of birds.  The picture cards (nomenclature cards) are included in my Bird Pack which you can get from here.  We talked about the unique features and characteristics of each.

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This is how we differentiate each one (see picture below).  By using a printable bird facts, we were able to learn how each one differs from another. 

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You can download this file for FREE from here.

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I love how my son is eager to learn about these birds! 

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Bird's Nest.  We were supposed to make a nest out of twigs and leaves in the backyard.   But it rained for days and I had a flu bug, so we ended up making some nest indoors LOL.   bird1

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Bird Watching!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Oh the weather is just so wonderful today that we decided to skip indoor activities (read our Bird Study Part I)  and do some bird watching and look for some bird's nests :)

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And look what we found along the way, feathers! 

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Hoping to visit the port this weekend so we can see some gulls too!

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Bird Study Part I

Monday, May 20, 2013

I wanted to share to you our Bird Study which we had last week.  We did this last year, but since my son is getting a bit older I added a few activities so he can understand birds a little bit deeper.
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We matched birds using our Bird Cards and the our bird collections coming from Safari Toobs (Exotic Birds, Down Under, Penguin and Farm) and Schleich. DSC_0138
All birds found in Safari Toob Exotic Birds have a matching card which also included the The Bird printable pack.  then I also added a few more bird cards so we can discuss the different kinds of birds.
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I think he never outgrows matching! He still loves them even if he's been doing this activity for years!  
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Seen below, we are discussing the different kinds of birds, their characteristics, unique features and how they differ from others.  I will try to come up with a free printable for this one after I summarize the data, as it is worth sharing :)  birds
Then of course, we discuss the different parts of the bird using our Bird Definition Booklet.  Then I had my son do our homemade bird puzzle and put labels on each part.
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Next post is still on birds, we're doing worksheets, differentiate beaks and bird's feet.
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The Bird (Pack)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

We had a Bird Study last week and the printable material that we used is now up and available.

 

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(Click the picture for the link)

 

The Bird Pack contains 12 parts of the bird nomenclature card and booklet.
      - 12 picture cards
      - 12 labels
      - 12 control cards
      - 16 bird cards (3 part cards)
      - bird activity sheets
      - title cards

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We used the bird cards for matching with our bird figures (Safari Toobs and Schleich). 

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We also used them to discuss the different kinds of birds.

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And the booklet comes in handy when we discuss the different parts of the bird.  As we talk about each part, we place a label on the bird puzzle as shown on the picture below.

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Hope you like it! Enjoy!

Homeschool Wrap-Up (11.14 – 11.18)

Friday, November 25, 2011

Mavi is 38 months old.

Activities we did last week:

LANGUAGE

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We had Bird unit this week.

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Practice reading via Word Family Strips.

MATH

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Learning how to use a ruler and played a bunch of measuring games.

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Grid game using chicken grids which I downloaded from the net.  I had this for a long time and I totally forgot the link!

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CVC word recognition using stamping game.

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Skip counting using stamping game.

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I laid out a roll of paper on the floor and made him connect the numbers :) Something to keep him busy for an hour.  Here he is figuring out how he can connect all the the numbers hehehe.  I love to see him concentrate!

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My son currently undergoing a phase of being obsessed with writing numbers and letters.

SCIENCE.

We studied the life cycle of a chicken.

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And the parts of the bird.

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OTHERS

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Practice coloring using do-a-dot markers.

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Learning how to write words.  Can you see the word CARROT? He prefers writing in uppercase letters.

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Creating colorful images using do-a-dot markers and kitchen towels.

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