Homeschooling

Learning with Pinterest – Birds

Since spring is finally here, we decided to learn all about birds this week in school.  Luckily, our library had lots of books about birds to choose from and of course Pinterest was loaded with great ideas.

Here are some of the bird books that we read this past week, as well as, some that we own and love to read again and again.

Mama Built a Little Nest

1. Mama Built A Little Nest by Jennifer Ward

This was a wonderful book that introduces children to the many different types of nests that birds can build.  The pictures were beautiful and the author used clever poems to introduce each type of nest.  I also liked how the author gave fun facts about the different birds who built each nest because it helped to add more of an educational aspect to the book. **Ben loved the poems and also really enjoyed looking at each bird with its unique nest.

Franny B. Kranny, There's a Bird in Your Hair!

2. Franny B. Kranny, There’s A Bird in Your Hair! by Harriet Lerner

This book was really cute. It is about a little girl with wild, curly hair that refuses to get a haircut until….a bird happens to land in her hair and decides it will make the perfect nest!  **Ben giggled a lot reading this book.

A Mother for Choco (Paperstar)

3. A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza

This book reminds me a lot of Are You My Mother? by Dr. Seuss.  It is about a little bird that goes looking for his mother and cannot find anyone who looks just like him.  He eventually finds a mama bear who takes him into her family that is full of all different types of animals.  We loved this story because it is heartwarming and shows that families come in all different shapes and sizes.

The Baby Beebee Bird

4. The Baby BeeBee Bird by Diane Redfield Massie

This book is about a tiny bird called a BeeBee Bird that gets its days and nights confused at the zoo.  Each night after the other zoo animals go to sleep, the little bird makes a lot of racket, which keeps all of the animals awake.  The zoo animals get fed up with his nocturnal habits and proceed to teach him a lesson that he will never forget.

Horton Hatches the Egg

5. Horton Hatches The Egg by Dr. Seuss

This is a classic book that we read again and again.  It is about a nice elephant that gets tricked into sitting on an egg by a lazy bird.  Poor Horton has to suffer through all types of weather, gets mocked by other jungle animals, and eventually becomes an attraction at a circus show all because he promised to sit on this egg.  We love this story mostly due to its surprise ending, especially as to what kind of animal hatches out of the egg:)

Dr. Suess's Gertrude McFuzz: Vocal Score

6. Gertrude McFuzz by Dr. Seuss

In this classic from Dr. Seuss, a bird named Gertrude McFuzz wishes for a bigger and better tail because her own is pitifully small in comparison to her other bird friends.  One day, Gertrude learns of a magical berry that can give her a new, beautiful tail if she eats one.  However, she decides to get the biggest tail possible and eats all of the berries at once! She quickly learns that too much of a good thing can be bad.

After we read all of these books on birds, I headed over to Pinterest to find other ways we could learn about birds by doing art projects and experiments.

I found this cute pin  and this one.  **Of course, Ben’s turned out to be quite unique, but still awesome:)

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Sword-wielding villainous bird

 

I also stumbled across this pin about how to conduct an experiment on which types of bird beaks are used to eat different foods.  So I decided to make up a couple of worksheets to use in science class this week.

 

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Yes those are devil birds apparently:)

 

We used tweezers, a clothes pin, a slotted spoon, and a straw to simulate some of the many different types of beaks there are in the bird family.  We tried to see which beak could best pick up bread, eat a banana, scoop cheerios out of water, and drink water from a narrow necked bottle.  We then ranked each “beak” from 1-4 in regards to how well it could eat each food type.  We had a lot of fun with this:)

 

Then to make sure Ben remembered all the important facts, I made up a simple worksheet that he did really well on.

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Overall this was a fun lesson and I think that Ben retained a lot of info about birds and their anatomy.  **In fact he pointed out that the robin at the park had an insectivore-type beak:) So maybe I have a budding ornithologist on my hands!

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