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Do you know these birds?
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How many birds can you find?

Online Bird Identification Book:

The NBFS Back Yard Bird Guide

Color, song and movement  ….The wonder of winter birds... right outside our classroom window!

 We begin the new semester by creating a habitat for winter birds . We’ll get to know the local bird population as we distinguish birds by color, size, location, and behavior. Using our observation skills,the children will have the opportunity to match the birds at the classroom feeders to pictures of the birds in our classroom.

SOME learning center activities:

 

Woodworking/Creative Construction: Let’s build feeders, feeders, and more feeders!

 

 Science: We’ll take a closer look at feathers under a microscope .

              What did the owl eat? We will take a look inside an owl pellet.

            " What can I eat with this beak?" experiment.

                How do birds chew with no teeth? We create an experiment to find out.

                We create and string a baffle to help keep the birds from flying into our windows and hurting themseleves.

                What can we use to make a feeder?

 

Technology:

Online games,interactives and identification guides.( We will also create one of our own!)

We will also learn to use real binoculars and continue to use digital cameras.

 

Art: Feather painting

        Seed collages

        Sketches of birds

        Bird colors painting

        Bird sculptures

 

Sensory: Seeds and feathers in the sand and water table.

                We prepare sand and grit for the birds

 

Building/Blocks and Props: Building a habitat for winter bird replicas.

 

Dramatic Play: Create wings for bird dramatic play

                          Set up "Wildlife rehabilitation" station for birds

 

Music and Movement: Fly like a bird!

                         Follow the Leader: "Birds That Flock Together."

                        

 

Math: Bird footprint match

           Bird watching chart

           Bird feeder watch and count

           Feather sorting

           Seed sorting

          Bird lotto and bingo games

           Bird memory match games

          Bird Feeder Count

 

Language Arts: Bird puppets

                           Bird watching book

                           Bird watching dictation

                           Bird stories

                           Bird books

                           Bird poetry

                          Words about birds

 

Spring Bird Collaborative Unit of Study with the children of WPU

 

 

 Winter Bird Activities Slideshow:

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Songs:

Feed the Birds
(To the tune of "Row,Row,Row Your Boat")
 
Feed,feed,feed the birds
In the winter time
When the days are dark and cold
Food is hard to find
Feed,feed,feed the birds
'Til the spring has come
Scatter bird seed in the snow
Feeding birds is fun!
 
Deep in the Forest
(Sung to: "Over in the Meadow")
 
Deep in the forest
In a hole in a tree
Lives a mother Barred Owl
And her little owls three.
"Whoo Hoo" said the mother.
"Whoo Hoo"said the three.
Then they flew through the night
To a branch on a tree
 
Titmouse,Titmouse

 (Sung To: "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star")

 

Titmouse, Titmouse, fly around,
Up to the sky, down to the ground.
Titmouse, Titmouse, flap your wings.
Open your beak and sweetly sing.

 

I’m the Red Cardinal

( Sung to: "I'm a Little Teapot"

 

I’m the red cardinal

You have seen

I have two wings

And feathers to preen

On my head I have a crest

Come back in spring to see my nest!

 

Fingerplays:

 

 Here is the bird feeder. ( open left hand)

Here are seeds and crumbs.( hold up fingers on right hand)
Sprinkle them on and see what comes. ( wiggle fingers on right hand over left hand in “sprinking” motion)
One cardinal, one chickadee, one junco, one jay.(One at a time, tap the fingers on right hand  on to left hand)
Four of my bird friends are eating today.( hold up the four fingers on right hand)

 

 

 5 little chickadees perching on my door

1 flew away and then there were 4

4 little chickadees perching in a tree

1 flew away and then there were 3

3 little chickadees’ perching on my shoe

1 flew away and then there were 2

2 little chickadees resting in the sun

1 flew away and then there was 1

1 little chickadee looking for some fun

She flew away and then there were none.

 

I’m a bird, I’ve got a beak

Helps me eat and helps me speak

Long ones, short ones, curved ones too

 I think beaks are really cool

 

I’m a bird and I’ve got feathers

I’m not covered by hair or leather

Feathers keep me dry and warm

In the wettest, coldest storm

 

I’m a bird, I’ve got two wings

They are very useful things

When I flap them I can fly

When I stretch them I can glide

 

I’m a bird, I’ve got a gizzard

I’m so glad I’m not a lizard

I don’t have teeth to help me chew

So gizzards help me grind my food

 

 

 
 
Online Interactives and Games:

One of our favorite little birds is
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the Black Capped Chickadee

What Does a Chickadee Sound Like?

Click to Mix and Solve

Try this online puzzle of a male Cardinal. You can change the cut for more of a challenge.

KidWings Bird Memory Match Game

"Birds of a Feather" Interactives at Funschool

Bird Songs

Teacher and Family Resources:
 
 

Winter Bird Month

The NBFS Back Yard Bird Guide

Bird Activities From Cornell U.

Free Posters of Common Backyard Birds

Parts of a Bird

Bird Buffet Experiment

What Can I Eat With This Beak Experiment

Birds of Prey to Print and Color

About Birds of Prey

Visit the Raptor Trust in Millington,NJ

KidWings :Interactives and Learning Materials

Owl Pellet Bone Chart

Educational Resources at Wild Birds Unlimited

Recycle for the Birds: Make a Feeder at Home!

National Bird Feeding Society

Birds That Flock Together

The American Robin at Journey North

Audubon Society Bird Feeding Basics