Early Childhood / Week 7 / April 27-May 1

Song of the week: Adorable Penguin (sung to: I’m a Little Teapot) 

“I’m a little penguin,  

Black and white. 

Short and wobbly, 

An adorable sight. I can’t fly at all,

But I love to swim.

So, I’ll waddle in the water

And dive right in!”      

Daily Learning Goal: 

  • Learning why birds migrate

Activity:  

  1. Last week we talked about birds that fly at night; this week we will talk about some birds that migrate during the day (migrate means they fly to warmer places during the winter and then come back in the spring). 

  1. Look at the video below of where the Sandhill Cranes migrate. Ask, “How do you think they know where to go?” 

  1. Talk about how birds fly in a V shape and ask, “Why do you think they fly like that?” (it helps save energy and keeps them together) 

  1. Why Birds Fly in a V Activity (shows how it’s easier for birds to fly in the wind when in a V; talk about what the paper does before and after folding): 

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Sharing a picture or message about your Birds Flying in a V activity  

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Canadian Geese Video 

Meaning National Geographic logo and symbol | history and evolution

This video talks about Canadian Geese and how they migrate.    

Sandhill Crane Migration Video 

This is a different video about Sandhill Crane migration! Please watch and enjoy!   

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Look up the informational text My First Animal Encyclopedias: Birds and focus on pages 18-19. This gives your child an opportunity to learn some key words about migration.  

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Look up the story Curious Pearl Observes Migration. You and your child can talk about why the yellow warbler in the story migrated. Write down your answers.  

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Daily Learning Goal: 

  • Do all birds fly? 

Activity: 

  1. Bird Movement Facts

    1. Penguins are the only bird that can swim but not fly (they are excellent swimmers—we have some at our zoo in Omaha!) 

    2. Ostriches don’t swim or fly

    3. Ducks swim, surface dive and fly 

    4. Pelicans deep dive into water and fly

    5. Robins (one of the birds we see the most at school) only fly

  2. Look at the pictures of birds with and without webbed feet. Ask, “how do they look different?” Webbed feet help birds paddle through the water. Some birds find food just under the surface (fish, little insects) of the water and other birds (like penguins) dive down deeper to catch food (fish). 

  3. Sink or Float Activity: (this is to show how birds’ bodies are light enough to float, or stay on top of, the water; make some guesses and see if you’re right!). 

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What are some objects that sink?  

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A Waddle of the Penguins

Unite for Literacy (@Unite4Literacy) | Twitter

This is a story about penguins. I had to put in my zip code, but then the story popped up.  

Penguins vs. Pelicans
Meaning National Geographic logo and symbol | history and evolution

This talks about the difference in these two water birds.   

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Look up the story Penguins, Ostriches, and Ducks. You can have it read aloud to you! 

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PebbleGo-Pelican Video 

Lesson Plans & Activities | PebbleGo by Capstone

In order to access this, you will need to reach out to Mrs. Fitch to get the username and password. 

It has a lot of good information on a variety of topics.  

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Look up the informational text My First Animal Encyclopedias: Birds and focus on pages 20-21. This gives your child an opportunity to look at some different water birds. 

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CBeebies | Do You Know Songs | Sinking and Floating

This is a short video about sinking and floating.  

San Diego Zoo:  Live Penguin Cam
San Diego Zoo Kids - Home | Facebook

This site takes children to the San Diego zoo page. There is a short video about penguins and then you can click on the live cam to watch them! So neat! 

Daily Learning Goal: 

  • Learning about birds that don't fly 

Activity:

  1. Remember from yesterday birds that can’t fly (ostrich, penguin; also emus and a couple others).  

  2. Look at the links below to explore these birds. Ask your child, “How do you think the birds can move from place to place if they can’t fly?” [walking, running (ostriches are very fast runners), swimming].  

  3. Ask your child, “Why do you think these birds can’t fly?” (penguins live by the ocean so they have flipper for swimming; the other birds’ bodies are too heavy and their wings are too small) 

  4. Bird Sorting Game: Use the pictures below to sort the birds into different categories (big/small, colorful/not colorful, fly/not fly, able to swim/not swim). You can print it, talk about it or draw some pictures!