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BLAST Early Learning
Birds

Books:

Birdsongs

Birdsongs by Betsy Franco; illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Throughout the day and into the night various birds sing their songs, beginning with the woodpecker who taps a pole ten times and counting down to the hummingbird who calls once.

Don't let the pigeon stay up lateDon’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems

A pigeon comes up with many reasons why he should not go to bed.

 

 

Rhyme:

Two Little Black Birds

Two little black birds sitting on a hill
One named Jack, one named Jill
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill

Two little blue birds sitting on a hill
One named Jack, one named Jill
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill

Two little red birds sitting on a hill
One named Jack, one named Jill
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill

 

Song:

Way Up in the Sky
Way up in the sky, the little birds fly
While down in the nest, the little birds rest
With a wing on the left, and a wing on the right
The little bird sleeps all through the night.

 

 

Vocabulary Word:

creek: n. a stream of water, like a small river.

Example: “The creek is quietly gurgling.”

(taken from Birdsongs by Betsy Franco and Steve Jenkins)

 

Activities:

Real Bird Nest
What You Need: mud, sticks, twigs, pine needles, pebbles, grass or leaves
What You Do: After showing your children pictures of bird nests, provide your students with mud, sticks, grass, leaves, twigs, pine needles, and pebbles. Let your kids create their own bird nest.

Bird Travel Book
What You Need: yarn, construction paper, any other art materials you want
What You Do:  Give the children all of the materials and have them make pictures of where they would go and what they would do if they where a bird. You can then string their pictures together and make a "Bird Travel Book."

Which One Flies?
Cut out a lot of pictures of different birds. Let your students identify which ones fly and which ones do not.

Bird Feeder
Use either stale bread or a corn cob as a base.  Spread peanut butter all over the base. Then press bird seeds into the peanut butter and voila — you have a nifty bird feeder.

Create a Rubber Egg
Place a hard-boiled egg in a container and pour vinegar over the egg until it is completely covered with liquid. Ask your children what they think will happen to the egg. In a few days your children will be delighted and surprised at what happens.

Birdseed Biscuits
Need: 2 cups biscuit baking mix, 1/2 cup cold water, 2 T. margarine, 2 T. sesame seeds, 2 T. sunflower seeds
Directions: Preheat oven to 425°F.  Form a soft dough with baking mix and water. Roll out dough to 3/4 inch thick and cut it into shapes with cookie cutters. Use a straw to punch a hole in the top of each cookie. Melt the margarine and brush over dough. Sprinkle the seeds and nuts onto the dough and press it in firmly with a fork. Bake for 15-20 min., until light brown. When cool, thread brightly colored ribbon through the hole and hang in a tree.

Bird Seed Collage
Need: paper towel roll, glue, hole punch, yarn, birdseed
Directions: Get the children to put glue on the outside of paper towel roll all the way around and then they can roll it, into bird seed. The teacher then can punch holes on both sides then use string or yarn to make a hanger

 

Literature:

Eaglet's World

Eaglet’s World by Evelyn Minshull

From the time he is still in the egg, a baby bald eagle is reluctant to take each new step in his growth, until the day comes when he flies and sees the beautiful world beyond his parents' nest.


Little Green

Little Green by Keith Baker
A young boy paints the flight of a hummingbird as it zips, loops, and zigzags around his garden.


The Baby Bee Bee BirdThe Baby Beebee Bird by Diane Redfield Massie
The zoo animals find a way to keep the baby beebee bird awake during the day so that they can get some sleep at night.