This is the fourth in a unit series on animals. We learned about mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles with about four-six weeks per animal type. I started out wanting to study animals that we find around the house…and we did. But then I couldn’t help myself but add more fun, intriguing animals!
The objectives come from the Core Knowledge Series-kindergarten and first grade.
• Animals, like plants, need food, water, and space to live and grow.
• Plants make their own food, but animals get food from eating plants or other living things.
• Offspring are very much (but not exactly) like their parents.
• Most animal babies need to be fed and cared for by their parents; human babies are
especially in need of care when young.
• Pets have special needs and must be cared for by their owners.
• Living things live in environments to which they are particularly suited.
• Specific habitats and what lives there, for example:
Desert [cactus, lizard, scorpion]
• The food chain: a way of picturing the relationships between living things
Animals: big animals eat little ones, big animals die and are eaten by little ones.
1. Set up a bird feeder as close as you can to a window of your house so you can the kids can just sit and watch. This is a great way to observe bird behavior, eating styles, identify species, and enjoy God’s creation.
2. Have the kids pretend to be birds and make a nest.
3. Make birdseed cookies.
4. Build a bird house.
5. If you have the money and desire, buy a bird as a pet.
6. Take a trip to the zoo and discuss the similarities and differences between all of the birds. Those you see in the cages and out.
7. Keep a science journal and keep a record of each species of bird that visits your house.
8. Keep a science journal and record facts about the birds that you choose to study.
9. Extra activity websites:
The Birds Around Us
Bird Preschool Pack
Birds of Prey Lapbook
Feathers for Lunch
Birds Animals in Disguise by Lynn Stone
Bird by DK eye know series
Birds by Slim Goodbody‘s
Bird Book by Pamela Hickman
Our Yard is Full of Birds by Anne Rockwell
About Penguins by Cathryn Sill
Pierre the Penguin; A true Story by Jean Marzollo
Emperor Penguins Up Close by Carmen Bredeson
Hummingbirds by Diane Swanson
Starting Life Duck by Claire Llewellyn
Duckling by DK Watch Me Grow
Flamingo by Caroline Arnold
Mud City A Flamingo Story by Brenda Z. Guiberson
Ostriches by Thane Maynard
Owls by Adele D. Richardson
About Raptors by Cathryn Sill
The Boy Who Drew Birds by Jacqueline Davies
Ducks by Gail Gibbons
The Little Penguin by A.J. Wood
Chicken said, “Cluck!” by Judyann Ackerman Grant
Peter and the Pigeons by Charlotte Zolotow
Little Bird by Germano Zullo
Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan
Gideon by Olivier Dunrea
Gideon and Otto by Olivier Dunrea
Penguin by Polly Dunbar
The Painter Who Loved Chickens by Olivier Dunrea
Rosa’s Parrot by Jan Wahl
The Parrot Tico Tango by Anna White
Albert the Albatross by Syd Hoff
The Ugly Duckling by Sebastien Braun
Bird Song by Audrey Wood