Hi! It's Carolyn from Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together. April is such a wonderful time of year to teach children about birds. I wanted to share some ideas I love to use in my classroom.
Now- onto my post!
My favorite introduction to my bird unit is reading Birds written by Kevin Henkes and illustrated by his wife, Laura Dronzek.
It is such a special book to read and share with children. Look at these pages!
If there are lots of birds in a tree, and they all fly away at the same time, it looks like the tree yelled,
This page was maybe my favorite to share with the children. We talked about all different types of birds and the colors they may leave in the sky, if their feathers left marks. I had seen an idea from Ready, Set, Read with feather painting and feather patterning to go along with this story. I just loved the idea of feather painting!
We studied lots of the feathers, and then chose some to use for our paintings. I let the kids different feathers for the yellow, blue, and red paint.
These paint bricks worked really well. I just had to remind the kids to be a little careful "flying" over the words- so we could still read them.
I also made a bulletin board in the hall with some of our artwork. I had the children only paint the feather marks on the paper for the bulletin board, and then tell me which birds they chose to make the marks.
As I called a couple children at a time up to paint , the other children worked on this Types of Birds Easy Reader from Debi Forsyth. It is free at her TPT store.
I made this little paper to go along with her book, to show the children what each bird really looked like, so they could use it as a guide as they colored their books. If you would like a copy of my bird pictures, just click on the picture below.
I actually saved the page as a picture, and printed it out as a 5x7 picture, just to save some ink. Then, I cut each one in half (since there are two strips on each page) and stapled a strip right onto the cover of each child's book.
The books came out so sweet!
My post about Birds and Bird Nests has LOTS of other bird ideas you might like to use.
This is my Bird and Bird Nest Prezi at my TPT store. I used it to show the pictures of the birds we talked about before we made our books. The children loved choosing which birds they would pretend left marks in the sky.
AND Kevin Henkes is one of eight authors featured in my Writing Prompts Author Packet. I put all of my author studies together in one packet. I use these all the time. I love doing simple author studies with my kids.
Here are the different books and authors in the packet.
Thank you for stopping by. Have fun reading and watching the birds!