Bird Count provides a great introduction to a unit on birds and bird watching for preschool through fifth grade. Because birds are visible in almost every habitat, they are a perfect focus for nature study in your classroom.
Enhance Your Habitat for Learning!
Literacy Create a cozy “nest” in a corner of your classroom with pillows, scarves, and bean bag chairs. Arrange bird books, plush birds, and games such as bird bingo in inviting groupings.
Art Set up an art table with images of birds and drawing and collage materials. If you have a window bird feeder, provide clipboards with paper and drawing implements for sketching your bird visitors.
Music Play CDs with nature sounds, including bird calls, in the classroom, or provide a listening corner with headphones. Display bird song cards or books with audio for children to practice bird song identification.
Science and Technology Have children design and create class bird feeders to hang outside your windows. Or make individual feeders out of pine cones by tying yarn at the top, spreading peanut or soy butter over the surface, then rolling in bird seed.
Mathematics Hang a bird tally sheet near a bird viewing window or window feeder, and encourage children to make a mark in the appropriate box whenever they see a bird.
Dance Retell the story of Bird Count through movement. Show the illustrations of each bird and give movement prompts, allowing children to add their own ideas. Play lively music and have children dance freely. (Activity provided by Connie Bergstein Dow.)
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