Bird Unit 3 w/ Free Printables

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This unit is bittersweet for me.  It marks our third time studying birds, which means it's our last.  Sigh.  Sunshine will study birds as she makes her way through the Montessori preschool curriculum, but the older kiddos will be moving on to bigger and better things.  The truth of the matter is we've officially reached a point where unit studies are no longer effective for Dinomite, Bulldozer & Princess.  This is good in a way. It means that everyone is officially ready for the Montessori early elementary curriculum.  We've been introducing parts of it up to this point, but it's now time to jump in head first in every way.  Rest assured, we have a few more themed unit studies scheduled for the rest of the 2015-16 school year, so those will be made available here. Plus, Sunshine is just starting her Montessori-inspired thematic unit journey, so there are many new unit studies on the way.  I will continue to share all that we do with Dinomite, Bulldozer, and Princess, including early elementary activities and printables, however they will be shared in posts by subject area once we start the new school year.  
Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let me share our final bird unit with you!  The unit started out with a "going out" experience at Sapsucker Woods Bird Refuge.  Though we were unable to see many birds, Dinomite and Bulldozer enjoyed and outdoor adventure in nature.  The girls on the other hand...  Let's just say they're not the nature type.
Back on the shelves at home we've had a lot of fun.

Language:
We've officially moved on to the Montessori Blue Series with all three kiddos.  Dinomite and Princess are well beyond this work, hence why I add grammar and cursive writing to make it a bit more difficult.  Bulldozer on the other hand is a little bit further behind.  He's the last of the older three kiddos to learn how to read and just over the last month or so is starting to apply those skills in other settings by choice, which is HUGE.

I need to thank my husband for these beautiful bird themed Montessori Blue Series materials.  He really outdid himself.  (He really likes words and so creating these activities is considered fun to him.)   To come up with this many bird themed blue series words is quite incredible in my mind.

The printable for the first activity includes pictures and blank word strips, providing opportunity to write words in cursive and/or print.  Our cards have cursive on one side and print on the other.  Words written on the card include:  grip, chick, bill, hunt, flock, swim, rest, and bath.

The second activity is a picture phrase match up.  I added the Montessori Basic Wooden Grammar Symbols into the mix to provide an extra challenge, but they are unnecessary, if you're just looking to introduce the Montessori Blue Series.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my Montessori Blue Series Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Math:
Admittedly, our math activities have nothing to do with our theme.  Instead we're introducing Montessori multiplication materials.  For more information about learning multiplication the Montessori way, click HERE.

The first activity uses the Montessori Wooden Thousand CubesMontessori 10 Wooden Hundred SquaresMontessori Golden Bead Ten Bars Set of 45, and Montessori Golden Bead Units to teach multiplication of larger numbers.  I am so excited to say that the kiddos found this activity easy and enjoyable!

The second math activity uses the Montessori Multiplication Bead Board.  For instructions on how to use the multiplication board you want to visit The Pinay Homeschooler.

Source:  The free printable used for this activity can be found HERE.

The kiddos were introduced to the multiplication working charts as their third math activity.

Source:  The free printables used for this activity can be found HERE.

Geography, Culture & Zoology:
Birds Around the World
The kiddos love learning about animals around the world.  For this unit, they're learning about birds.  We used pieces from our Montessori Puzzle Map of World to help kiddos sort.  The names of the continents written on the cards is colored in to match the colors of the puzzle pieces.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my Bird Unit 3 Culture, Science & Art Printable Pack 1.

Bird Nest Match Up
When we think of bird nests, we often think of one kind of nest.  In reality there are several different kinds.  In this activity we introduce them.  All of the kiddos have really enjoyed this, as have I.  I must confess this is my favorite activity on the shelves this week.  The kiddos have loved it too.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my Bird Unit 3 Culture, Science & Art Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Life Cycle of a Chicken
We've done animal life cycles before, but this was one special in that we had the Safari Ltd Safariology the Life Cycle of a Chicken figures as well as fabulous information cards.

Source: The free printable for this activity can be found at Learn Create Love.

Parts of a Bird
Bulldozer is absolutely in love with our animal puzzles. I only wished I had purchased them sooner, but then again, he wasn't interested in them until now.  Thankfully there are many variations to puzzle activities to keep Dinomite and Princess entertained as well.  For this activity, we used the Montessori Wooden Bird Puzzle.

Source:  The free printable for this activity can be found at The Helpful Popcorn.

Bird "Who Am I" Cards
"Who Am I?" cards have become all the rage in our classroom lately.  This excites me because it means that everyone, including  Bulldozer, is reading the cards.  Of course it helps that I also have the Safari Ltd Backyard Birds TOOB to use with the cards.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my Bird Unit 3 Culture, Science & Art Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of the post.

Bird Predator & Prey Match Up
The kiddos are absolutely fascinated with predators and prey right now. They're just something "cool" about knowing what animals eat I guess. Personally, it grosses me out, and of course the kiddos know this.  They've thoroughly enjoyed choosing this activity off the shelves to do right in front of me on a daily basis.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my Bird Unit 3 Culture, Science & Art Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Art:
My kiddos have always enjoyed art activities that involve learning about artworks and their artists.  For this unit Jason created a set of art cards that specifically focus on birds in art.  The kiddos have thoroughly enjoyed this.

Source: I created the printable for this activity as part of my Culture, Science, & Art Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

The other cutting activity displayed in this collage is also on our shelves right now.  Princess loves practicing her skills every day.  The boys really struggle with cutting.  I've been impressed that they've also been selecting the activity on a daily basis and by so doing, improving their skills.

Source:  The free printables for this activity can be found at Ang at Home.

Music:
The kiddos enjoyed being introduced to the French composer Olivier Messiaen through his masterpiece La Merle Noir.  A picture of the composer was paired with an iPad and headphones, so they could listen to the work and identify all of the bird song qualities.

Practical Life:
Practical life activities are pretty simple for this unit.  The kiddos are practicing their scooping, spooning, and pouring skills using bird seed.  They're also enjoying some of our Melissa & Doug Alphabet Lacing Cards.  During our last unit the kiddos enjoyed the lacing cards so much, I thought I'd bring some more out.

Sensorial:
Sensorial activities this week include the use of our Montessori Shapes and Montessori Blue Geometric Solids.  I tried to keep with bird related shapes which brings great opportunity to discuss the ovoid.

Source:  The free geometric shapes printable used for one activity can be found at The Helpful Garden.  I created the geometric solids sorting cards.  The link to the free printable can be found HERE.

For those interested in my newest free printables, click on the links below!  



If you're looking for other bird resources, activities, and printables be sure to check out these posts!




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6 comments:

  1. Such great Bird Activities. I love the bird puzzle with part cards too.

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  2. This is fantastic! We have been bird watching and I know my kids are going to LOVE some of these activities. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  3. These look so wonderful; I'm planning a bird unit for next month and have been looking for neat ideas.

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  4. I love this! We're having a bird unit for Vito next month, but this post wants me to include Mavi as well. Will be using your bird cards for the Safari Toob. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. What a great list of resources. It sure is bittersweet when they grow out of different stages. Thanks for linking up with Inspire Me Monday. Have a wonderful weekend!!

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  6. This is wonderful. I will be using this for sure when we do our bird unit! My boys are spotting nests everywhere :)

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