Animal Unit: Birds

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Our animal month continues with a week of birds activities.  It just happened to coincide with Valentine's Day too, so you'll notice a few less, because they were Valentine's Day themed.

Language
Bird Sight Words

Options: 
1.  Match up bird pictures with words to separate picture and/or word cards.
2.  Practice writing sight words printed on picture cards.

Source:  I found the cute pictures & sight words at Home School Creations.  They were part of a fabulous bird packet.
First Letter Sounds

Option:
1.  Place bird seed on the correct first letter of the word.

Source:  These also came with the bird packet at Home School Creations.

Follow the Directions

Option:
1.  Circle the correct picture answer.

Source:  This page was also part of the bird packet at Home School Creations

Bird Maze

I've found mazes to be really great ways to help the kiddos with their fine motor skills. Bulldozer LOVES them, which was a huge surprise to me at first.  I paired the Bird Maze and Follow the Directions sheets as one activity.

Option:
1. Complete bird maze.

Source:
1.  Home School Creations Bird Packet.


Letter Writing
I was absolutely floored that Bulldozer selected this activity above all other activities each day.  It's a double sided place mat with capital letters on one side and lower case letters on the other side.

Options:
1. Trace letters using white board erasable marker.
2. Write letters next to printed letters using white board erasable marker.

Source:  I'm a huge fan of place mats, so this is just one in my collection of many. I find them great practical ways of helping the kids learn things.

Math
Bird Match Up


Option:
1. Match up birds using pictures provided.

Source:  I found this activity at Montessori Print Shop.


One More/One Less
Bulldozer shocked me with how much he enjoyed this activity and how well he did with it.  The kid always amazes me!

Option:
1.  Select One More or One Less game, and play using directions, die, and tokens of some kind. We used sunflower seeds.

Source:  These games were part of the Home School Creations Bird Packet.

More, Less or Equal

Using the signs was a new concept for the kids this week.  Dinomite and Princess completed with activity and did quite well with it.

Option:
1. Cut out pieces located at the bottom of the page, glue them in their proper places above.

Source:  Part of the Home School Creation Bird Packet.

How Many?

Option:
1. Count leaves on branch & place token on correct number below. We used sunflower seeds as tokens.

Source: Part of the Home School Creation Bird Packet.

Geography
Birds & Their Continents
Once again, Dinomite LOVED this activity.  Princess and Bulldozer even got into it.  I love it because there are so many options for different levels of learning.

Center Options:
1.  Match up Continent with Labels to separate Continent and/or Label Cards.2.  Match up Continents with Labels to Mammal Cards3.  Match up Continent Labels to Mammal Cards4.  Match up Continent with Labels to separate Continent and/or Label Cards.  Once correct, practice writing continent and animal names.

Sources: Cards can be found at Walk Beside Me.


Coloring Our World
Options
1.  Color continents green and water blue.
2.  Label continents with proper name.
Both options can be combined.


Sources:  I found this coloring page at Crayola.com.  Instead of printing off a million copies of paper maps, we use one printed page and a sheet protector.  Crayola Washable Dry Erase Markers work great!
I decided to keep this activity out, even though we used it last week.  I'm so glad I did, because yet again Bulldozer surprised me and colored the earth several times, as accurately as he could!  Way to go Bulldozer!


Zoology
Bird Sensory Bin

I couldn't pass up the opportunity to make a bird sensory bin.  Hopefully next time around I'll have more to add, but for now this worked great and the kids loved it!

Contents:

Source:  I put this one together myself. I think I love putting sensory bins together as much as the kids love playing with them!

Bird Beak Identification

This activity was for Dinomite.  As obsessed with animals as he is, it's always a challenge to find a subject he knows nothing about.  Beaks just happened to be that subject. When I stumbled across this activity I knew it was perfect, and it was!  He loved it!  I thought it was fascinating too.  Not only did he learn about several different kinds of birds, but discriptions of their beaks too.

Option:
1.  Match up bird pictures & names with bird beak names and descriptions.  (I wrote numbers on the back of the cards so I'd know when a match was correct.)

Source:  I found these cards for FREE at Montessori Print Shop!

Parts of a Bird

Dinomite did this once during the week, but Bulldozer did this activity three times during the week.  He was determined to put it together by himself with all of the labels.  He really had such a good week!

Option:
1. Place bird parts in the correct place, along with labels.

Sources:  I found the bird puzzle at Montessori N' Such for free.  I made my own bird part labels.

Practical Life
Transferring Feathers

All of the kids really struggled with this activity.  It was extremely difficult for Bulldozer and Princess to open and close the clothespin using only one hand properly.  There was definitely some frustration from Princess.

Option:
1. Transfer feathers from one heart to another using the clothespin.

Source:  I found this activity at My Montessori Journey.


Transferring Water with Dropper

This was the absolute favorite activity of the week!  I loved it because it helped the kids with their pincher skills.

Option:
1. Transfer water from one container to the other using the dropper provided.

Source
1.  I found this activity at My Montessori Journey.

And there you have it! Our week's worth of bird activities!

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1 comment:

  1. I love these activities! Especially the transferring feathers one. It would be hard but I bet it would be a great way to develop hand strength.
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

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