Early Childhood / Week 4 / April 6-10

Song of the week: Little Bird (tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star) 

       Little bird, little bird, fly around, up to the sky. 

       Little bird, little bird, flap your wings and sweetly sing. 

       Little bird, little bird, fly to your nest and take a rest. 

Daily Learning Goal: Learning about why birds lay eggs 

Activity:  

 

  1. Watch the video of a robin egg hatching and talk about what you see. 
  2. Ask questions like, “Why is the mom sitting on the baby robin?” “What is the mom’s job while the baby is hatching?” What is the baby’s job?” “How do we know?” “Where do you think the dad bird is?”  

  3. Write down together what you saw in the video.  

Can Turn In: 

Sharing what you saw in the video 

(by a photo or Class Dojo message)  

 

Links: Click on the links for additional activities & resources 

The Cornell Lab: All About Birds  

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/ 

This website is a good resource for learning about different types of birds. You can search for different birds and listen to their songs and see pictures of them.  

The Life Cycle of a Robin 

https://pumkinsandme.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/robin-life-cycle.jpg 

Here are pictures of a robin from the time they are in eggs until they are full-grown birds.  

Capstone Library 

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Look up the story Bird Babies. It will allow you to choose to have the story read aloud.  

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Baby Robins Hatching (For activity above) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JCSNvoQl20 

 

Daily Learning Goal: Learning if all birds’ eggs look the same 

Activity: 

  1. Look at the link below to see some different egg sizes. Talk about how they are the same and different (color, shapes, size). 

  1. Talk more about the size of each egg. Ask questions like, “Which egg is the smallest?” “Which egg is the biggest?” “What birds do you think each egg came from?” 

  1. Have your child make and cut out their own egg pictures and put in order from the smallest to the biggest (or draw eggs going from the smallest to the biggest). You can also use the Egg Size Challenge PDF below for this.

  2.  Egg Size Challenge PDF

Can Turn In: 

Pictures of their eggs in order  

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Bird Egg Pictures (See activity above) 

https://kids.britannica.com/students/assembly/view/125805 

Here are some pictures of different types of bird eggs.  

Why are robin eggs blue? 

https://www.thespruce.com/why-robin-eggs-are-blue-4161031 

This is an informative site for parents about why different eggs are different colors, as well as a lot of other information about birds.  

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Look at the book about hummingbirds or cardinals.  

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Daily Learning Goal: Comparing what birds and people need 

Activity 

  1. Talk about things people need (food, water, house, caring for our young).  

  1. Think about what birds might need (food, water, house, caring for young).  

  1. Talk about how we need the same things, but they might look different. Questions to ask: “What kind of house does a bird live in?” (nest), “What kinds of things do birds eat?” (seeds, corn, nuts, fruit, worms, insects, mice, fish) “How do birds care for their babies?” (feed them, keep them warm). 

  1. Compare how those things are the same or different from the things we need. Ex. “Is our house a nest?” 

  1. Have the preschoolers draw pictures of the things you talked about that birds need. You can add words to label what they drew. 

Can Turn In: 

 

Pictures of the things that birds need 

Links: Click on the links for additional activities & resources  

Cliff Swallows Building a Nest 

 https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/cliff-swallows-build-nests-from-mud/ 

These video shows one way a bird builds their house. Is it the same way we build our houses?  

Osprey Mother Bird Feeding Babies 

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos/superb-birds/#/97671235759 

These video shows a mother osprey feeding her babies fish. Is this the same way you get your food?  

Capstone Library 

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Search for My First Animal Encyclopedias: Birds. This is an informative text. Focus on pages 16 and 17.  

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Daily Learning Goal: Learning about the parts of a bird 

Activity 

 

  1. Look at the picture (after the lesson plans) of the different bird body parts [head, wings, feet, tail, throat, beak, belly].  

  1. Talk with your child about which body parts we also have head, feet, throat, belly).  

  1. Look at pictures of birds in books or online to find the different body parts on different birds. 

***Wish Mrs. Fitch a Happy Birthday! 😊  

Can Turn In: 

*Optional Activity: draw a picture of a bird and label the bird body parts (or use the bird part picture cards in the link below) 

Links: Click on the links for additional activities & resources  

Capstone Library 

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Look up the story Bird Body Parts. It will allow you to have the story read aloud.  

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Daily Learning Goal: Learning how birds use their beaks 

Activity 

  1. Look at the link below to see different kinds of beaks that birds have and how they are used.  

  1. Have your child pretend to use different kinds of beaks. Here are some examples: 

      -Pretend to suck up nectar like a hummingbird. 

      -Poke a tree looking for insects like a woodpecker. 

      -Scoop up fish like a pelican. 

     -Eat a mouse like a raptor. 

3. Look to see if you have tools in the house that will help you pretend to be a bird. Ex. Straw like a hummingbird, scissors like a raptor, clothespins/tweezers like a robin uses to pick up insects. 

Can turn in: 

A picture of your child pretending to be different birds 

Links: Click on the links for additional activities & resources  

Bird Beaks-Why Are There So Many Shapes?  

https://www.birdwatching-bliss.com/bird-beaks.html 

This has information about different bird beaks. There is an informative video towards the bottom of the page.  

Capstone Library 

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Search for My First Animal Encyclopedias: Birds. This is an informative text. Focus on pages 14 and 15. 

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Weekly Learning Goal: Learning how to think of a solution to a problem 

The last week before spring break, we talked about solving problems and how the first step to solving a problem (after calming down) is to say the problem.  

This week, you can review saying the problem by using the information in the Second Step Week 23 page (after the lesson plans) to review the story/problem and playing the game under the Play Time section.