Early Childhood / Week 5 / April 13-17

Song of the week: Five Little Birdies  

       Five little birdies, high in a tree. 

       The first one says, what do I see? 

       The second one says, I see the street. 

       The third one says, and seeds to eat. 

       The fourth one says, the seeds are wheat.  

       The fifth one says, “tweet, tweet.”         

Daily Learning Goal: 

  • Learning about the size of birds  

Activity:  

 

  1. Ask your child these questions to make guesses about bird sizes:  

  • “Do you think all birds are the same size?”  
  • “Do you think a flamingo and a hummingbird are the same size?”  
  • “Which one is bigger?” “Which one is smaller?”  
  • “Which one is shorter?” “Which one is taller?” 
  1. Look at this BIRD SIZE DOCUMENT of the bird pictures to compare the different birds, including a hummingbird and flamingo, to see if the guesses were right. Compare them to other birds on the page. You can just look at the photos. You do not need to worry about the journal pages! 

  1. Look at the other links below for more pictures of birds to compare.  

  1. Your child can draw their favorite bird in the journal. Help them write the name to label it. 

    1. BIRD BOOK

Can Turn In: 

A picture or description of the favorite bird you saw 

Links: Click on the links for additional activities & resources 

The Spokesman Review: An Outdoor Blog 

https://www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors/2014/feb/03/shape-your-birding-knowledge-chart/ 

This website has a quick chart that will show a few birds from smallest to largest.   

Capstone Library 

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Look up the story Animal Classifications: Birds. It will allow you to choose to have the story read aloud.  

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Daily Learning Goal: 

  • Learning what feathers are and how they help birds 

Activity: 

  1. Look at this Types of Feathers document of different bird feathers. Ask your child to describe what they see (color, shape, how do they think the feathers feel, what kind of bird do they think it came from)? 

  1. Talk about how feathers help birds (optional: write a list of your ideas. Ex. Feathers help birds to______): 

  • help with flying 
  • help you tell which birds are males and which are females (males have brighter feathers) 
  • help camouflage (hide them from predators who want to eat them) and protect birds  
  • help insulate birds (it keeps birds’ bodies from being too hot or cold) 
  1. Have your child wrap a coat or blanket around their bodies to pretend they have feathers keeping their body insulated!  

  1. You can also look at this document of Neat Bird Feathers that shows six different birds. Ask your child if they can name how the feathers of the birds are different and the same. You can also talk about why think they some birds have bright colored feathers.  

Can Turn In: 

Picture of your child wearing their “feathers”  

Links: Click on the links for additional activities & resources 

Flair Apparent Video! Check out the way this peacock shows off his feathers! 

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos/superb-birds/#/97624131992 

 

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Look up the story Why do Owls and Other Birds Have Feathers? and you can have the story read aloud to you.  

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Feather Identification Site 

https://wakingupwild.com/photography/guides-feathers-skulls-artifacts/bird-feather-identification-guide/ 

This site has neat pictures of a variety of feathers.  

Daily Learning Goal: 

  • Learning how a large wingspan helps birds 

Activity:

  1. Have your child put their arms straight out to their sides (like a bird opening their wings).  

  1. Explain that a bird’s wingspan is the length of their wings when open kind of like you have now with your arms straight out. Wingspans help birds with their flying. When birds are bigger, their wing spans are bigger.  

  1. Have your child pretend they are flying like a bird around the room. 

  1. Model how birds make little figure 8s with their wings when they fly. Have your child try to make that motion with their arms. 

Can Turn In: 

A picture of your child’s wingspan!

Links: Click on the links for additional activities & resources  

Wild Kratts 🦅 Fly Up High with Creature Powers! | Kids Videos

Check out the wingspan of the different birds in this video! 

Dance Like a Bird: Wild Kratts 

Have your child dance like a bird! 

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Look up the story This is the Way We Move. While you listen to the story, you can move your body like the characters in the story.  

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Daily Learning Goal: 

  • Learning why birds need a nest 

Activity:

 

  1. Look at the website below to look at different birds’ nests.  

  1. Talk about what you see with your child. Ask your child, “Why do you think birds need nests?” [Ex. it is their home, they keep babies safe there, it protects them from predators (animals that want to eat them)/weather/people)

  1. Have your child draw pictures in their journal of a few nests. Help your child label the names of the birds the nests belong to. 

Can Turn In: 

Have you seen a bird’s nest? If so, where? If not, where do you think you might see one? 

Links: Click on the links for additional activities & resources  

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Look up the story Baby Animals in Nests It will allow you to have the story read aloud.  

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NestWatch: Common Nesting Birds  

https://nestwatch.org/learn/focal-species/ 

If you click on the different pictures of birds, it will show you the different types of nests they build.  

The Dusky Broadbill’s Camouflaged Nest:  

https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/the-dusky-broadbills-camouflaged-nest/ 

 

A Red-Necked Grebe Nest 

https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/a-red-necked-grebe-sits-on-its-nest/ 

 

Cliff Swallow Building Nest 

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

 

Gentoo Penguin Building Nest  

https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/gentoo-penguins-build-rock-nests-on-the-antarctic-ground/ 

 

Daily Learning Goal: 

  • Learning what shape a bird’s nest is 

Activity:

  1. Look at the links below for pictures and videos of nests.  

  1. While you’re looking at them, compare the nests to see how they are different and similar.  

  1. Make a T-chart (TEMPLATE HERE) or just draw a simple one on paper to write down the differences (Ex. 1. shapes—ovals/circles, 2. materials—sticks/grass/mud, 3. location, 4. how the birds get inside them) and similarities (all used to keep babies safe, all are a home for the birds, all camouflaged to blend in with the environment, etc.) with your child. 

    1. Optional: Your child can add some pictures to the chart. 

  1. Ask your child, “If you were a bird, which nest would you want?” “Why would you like that nest?” 

Can turn in: 

A picture of the T-chart 

Links: Click on the links for additional activities & resources  

NestWatch: Common Nesting Birds  

https://nestwatch.org/learn/focal-species/ 

You can click on the individual birds to see their nests or you can filter by nest type!  

Eight Different Types of Birds’ Nests 

http://www.birdsandblooms.com/birding/attracting-birds/bird-nesting/8-different-bird-nests-how-spot-them/ 

 

This webpage has pictures of 8 different birds’ nest. Take a look at the different sizes! 

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Look up the book Burrowing Owls and you can have the story read aloud to you.  

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Weekly Learning Goal: 

  • Thinking of solutions to problems 

 

Review with your child that last week we talked about calming our bodies when we are upset and the first step to solving a problem is to say the problem.  

This week, we are talking about the second step in solving a problem: think of solutions to the problem. Use the information on the Second Step Week 24 page (below) to practice with your child.  To expand on this, you could give your child some pretend scenarios to problem-solve (ex. You can’t find your coat or favorite toy.) and reinforce using these steps when your child has a real-life problem to solve (ex. Your child and a sibling both want the same toy/a turn on the computer; Your child can’t reach something they need.) 

Optional Choice Activities:  

Have your child look out of the window or go outside to investigate birds and draw pictures of their findings. Try to find a bird’s nest. Label the things your child draws. While you are on your walk, pay attention to the different sounds. How many times did you hear a bird sing? 

 

Dig for worms outside! Birds love to eat worms! How many can you find?  

Send us a picture of your child with the worms they catch! Make sure to put them back in a safe place when you are done with them! 

Simple Bird Art Activity 

 

This is a great activity to work on shapes and simple scissor skills.  Parents or children can trace the shapes on paper and cut them out with child safe scissors. 

Simple No-Cook Playdough Recipe 

Ingredients:  

  • ½ cup water 
  • 1/3 cup salt 
  • 1 cup flour 
  • Few drops of vegetable oil or liquid soap 

Directions:  

Mix flour and salt, slowly add water, and then a few drops of vegetable oil or liquid soap 

Children can use their fine-motor skills to create birds’ nests, eggs, and so much more.  

 

You can also use your own preferred playdough recipe! 

Links: Click on the links for additional activities & resources  

Build a House:  

https://www.abcya.com/games/build_a_house 

We might not live in a nest, but we still need a warm place to call home!

Use this activity to build your own home! 

Number BINGO 

https://www.abcya.com/games/alphabats_rhyming 

Choose the number range that your child needs.  

Alphabet BINGO 

https://www.abcya.com/games/kindergarten_alphabet_bingo 

You can choose for your child to work on letter sounds, upper-case, or lower-case letters.  

EPIC Books: 

Parents I have also “assigned” several books and some videos of things that will pertain to this week’s study! 

 

ACCOMMODATIONS: (optional ideas for the activities) 

Sizes of Birds: Use the picture of the birds for a visual comparison of birds going from smallest to biggest. (see bird sizes picture below) or only compare 2 different birds at a time (Ex. Hummingbird to flamingo and then eagle to chickadee). 

 

Feathers: Have your child match each feather to the right bird by looking at the colors (see Bird Feather Matching

Wingspan: Use a string to measure the “wingspan” of your child. Then use a second piece of string to measure the wingspan of a bird (Ex. Eagle: 5 feet, Hummingbird: 4 inches, Robin: 12 inches, or another bird wingspan listed above). You can compare the length of the bird to your child’s wingspan or see how it compares to things in your home. 

Bird nests: Use this Bird Nest Shapes of 3 different birds’ nests and different shapes to compare. Instead of a T-chart, you can talk about what you see. You can ask which shape matched up to the birds’ nests the best (a circle, oval, triangle or square). 

Shapes (circle or oval like birds’ nests): See if you can find different objects in your house that are round/circular like a birds’ nest. Count how many things you found.