Monday, April 15, 2013

Birds of a Feather

Our past two weeks were focused on "Fur and Feathers".  Week one focused on pets and week two focused on mammals and birds.

At the art lab, we created birds using a block of wood, feathers, wiggly eyes and foam.  I saw an idea like this on Pinterest, but did not pin it and can't find it again.  If it was your idea, please let me know so I can link and give you credit!  These little guys stand up.  Students chose yellow, pink, blue or green feathers.  I think we are going to display them in our art show.

During our study of mammals and birds, we discussed the habitats of different animals.  After talking about a bird's habitat, we practiced being birds.  Thanks to after Easter sales, this was a very cheap project!  Each child received a brown cupcake wrapper, some Easter basket grass, 3 jelly beans (eggs) and a peep.  We all had bluebirds.  Students made sure their eggs were kept warm by the mama or papa bird and that the nest was safe.  They loved the activity, and I loved hearing them authentically use the vocabulary we had discussed.

Our new unit is "Water Wonders".  What are your students learning this week?

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