Learning About Birds in the Montessori Preschool Classroom
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Birds play a crucial role in Nature and represent a great diversity of the animal kingdom. There are roughly between 9,000 and 10,000 species of birds.
Choosing to study birds is always guaranteed to be a popular topic with children in the school and a homeschool classroom.
I created a set of materials that can help you to generate more interest and engage children in a learning process – reading, spelling, sorting, train memory while getting familiar with some of their favorite feathered friends found all over the world.
Birds are fascinating creatures that can be found all over the world. They come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. Some birds have wings that are designed for soaring, while others have wings that allow them to fly quickly and dart around. Birds also have beaks that are adapted to their diet, with some using them to crack open nuts and others using them to catch fish. Finally, birds are known for their beautiful songs and calls, which are used to communicate with each other. Overall, birds are incredible animals that are worth learning more about.
Birds lay eggs as a way to reproduce. The eggs come in many different shapes and sizes and are usually laid in a nest. The shell of an egg is hard and protects the developing chick inside. The colors of bird eggs can range from white to brown to blue and green. Baby birds inside the egg get all the nutrients they need to grow and develop, including food, water, and oxygen, from the yolk and albumen (egg white). Once the baby bird is fully developed, it will hatch from the egg and join its family.
Birds go through a life cycle that includes four stages: egg, chick, fledgling, and adult. Female birds lay eggs, which can range in number from one to dozens. The eggs are incubated or kept warm until they hatch into chicks. Chicks require lots of food, care, and attention from their parents. Once the chicks have grown enough feathers, they leave the nest as fledglings. Fledglings practice new skills like hunting and flying and eventually grow into adult birds. Adult birds mate and repeat the process by laying more eggs. This cycle ensures the survival of their species.
This particular set of 3-part cards – Birds and Their Eggsis designed with children ages 2-6 in mind. Birds included: goose, chickadee, robin, blackbird, quail, junco, wagtail, ostrich, crane, seagull, finch, swan, hummingbird, pheasant, serin, penguin, parrot, cardinal, jay, warbler, chicken, dove, duck, sparrow, starling, cuckoo, lapwing, magpie, peacock, canary, bluebird, blue-footed booby, crow, eagle, flamingo.
Some get confused when it comes to defining the difference between a chickadee and a tit bird.
The Chickadees are members of the same family although different species than tits. Tits are found in Europe and Asia and live in woodlands.
The bushtit is the only species in this family that is found in North America. Also, there are two types of robins. The two species belong to two different families.
The European robin belongs to the world flycatcher family, while the American robin belongs to the thrush family.
You can watch the presentation I made of this printable – all the different ways it can be incorporated into your Bird Unit in the classroom. Check out these extensions.
Children’s Books About Spring and Songbirds
Exploring Spring - Children's Books and Learning Resources
Books in this series introduce emergent readers to the four seasons. In Spring, children are taken on a tour of things they can see in spring including typical spring activities and new life and growth in the natural world.
by Kirsten Hall (Author), Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator)
Buzz from flower to flower with a sweet honeybee in this timely, clever, and breathtakingly gorgeous picture book from critically acclaimed author Kirsten Hall and award-winning illustrator Isabelle Arsenault.
by Jean Taft (Author), Matt Hunt (Illustrator)
Join in the rainy-day fun, as kids splash through the puddles, affecting another weather enthusiast, a nearby worm. An imaginative and playful story, readers will love seeing the worm delight in the weather just as much as the kids.
by Lois Ehlert (Author, Illustrator)
In this perennial classic with sturdy board book pages by Caldecott Honor–winning author Lois Ehlert, little ones learn the colors of the rainbow as they watch a plants grow in a beautifully vibrant garden.
by Rebecca McDonald (Author), James McDonald (Author)
After the cold of Winter, comes the warmth of Spring. “I Am Spring” takes young children on a journey through the many important events that occur uniquely in the beautiful growing season of Spring. When the day becomes longer than the night, and the leaves begin to sprout on the bare branches, and bugs and animals that were hiding start to reappear, get ready, because that means Spring is here!
by Brandon Walden (Author), Kristen and Kevin Howdeshell (Illustrator)
Words are powerful. They can hurt or they can heal. It's time to tell a special tale that will warm the hearts of readers of all ages. Seeds and Trees revels in the power of words. It explores their effects on feelings and emotions. And it does so through the journey of two different seeds.
by Charles Ghigna (Author), Agnieszka Malgorzata Jatkowska (Illustrator)
Celebrate the season of spring with raindrops, robins, bluebells, and butterflies! In Charles Ghigna’s I See Spring, colorful illustrations are matched with rhyming, easy-to-read text that explores rain falling, flowers blooming, and other springtime wonders.
by Cheryl Johnson (Author, Illustrator)
Discover the birds that live all around us! Kids love learning about nature, and birds are a very important and amazing part of it! They come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They live in trees, bushes, and skies of your town, park, and even your own backyard. With the help of this beautiful book your child will learn:
Award-winning bird photographer Doris Dumrauf introduces young readers to 20 birds frequently found in North American back yards, including: American Goldfinch, Tufted Titmouse, Northern Cardinal, and many others. Her vivid photographs depict birds in their natural habitat and typical backyard settings. The entertaining narrative highlights the simple steps required to attract birds to your yard.
by Andrea Pinnington (Author), Caz Buckingham (Author)
Being able to identify a bird's song is a skill that brings joy and fosters an appreciation of nature. Learning how to differentiate between the songs of a house finch and a goldfinch, however, is not easy.
by Editors of Storey Publishing (Author), Oana Befort (Illustrator)
The third book in the Backpack Explorer series from the Editors of Storey Publishing invites budding naturalists to head outside for a walk — in the woods, a park, or right in their backyard — to spot feathered friends. Backpack Explorer: Bird Watch leads kids aged 4 and up through the basics of birding, from identifying common birds to learning about habitat and migration and listening for bird songs.
by Kermit Cummings (Author), Holly Weinstein (Illustrator)
This friendly little book employs clever, yet educational, rhymes, stunning photographs, and whimsical illustrations to awaken your child’s interest in the avian world. Written by a veteran birder, the focus is on easy-to-see, readily available bird species, so that parents and children alike will feel encouraged to create backyard adventures of their very own! Now, A Backyard Birding Adventure is even more exciting and educational!
A fun, informative take-along guide that will help children identify 15 birds. Kid will also learn how and where birds build their homes and all about their young. Plus the guide features activities that are fun and easy to do. There's also a seven-page scrapbook for drawings and notes.
by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes (Author, Illustrator)
From the eastern bluebird and blue jay to the scarlet tanager and northern cardinal, little ones will discover the natural world and learn the names and colors of Phyllis Limbacher Tildes’s exquisitely illustrated birds in their natural habitats. The color word appears large and bold, and each bird is labeled by name, as are ﬂowers, fruits, and foliage. Each bird is color coded and has a name and gender for children to easily identify.
These engaging learning activities for Pre-K and Preschool students were designed to help broaden children’s vocabulary, improve fine motor skills, and the ability to discriminate according to different characteristics, like color and size. The pack would be a helpful addition to the Spring and Summer activities and when studying vertebrates and birds.
Here is what’s included:
color sorting cards with birds
types of bird vocabulary photo cards
toucan silhouette match-up cards
peg number cards (0-10)
nesting doll cards
DIY bird puzzles
do-a-dot coloring printouts
cutting and coloring bird puzzles
handwriting practice activity
birds and their eggs sorting/matching cards
birds and their covering – matching cards
bird nests cards with labels
bird sighting checklist for North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia/Oceania
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