The other day, one of my students brought in two bird nests that her family had found on their property. She proudly shared them during our morning meeting and I set them out as a provocation to see if my students would be interested in learning more about birds. I am happy to say that they were smitten! They looked so closely at the bird nests and asked fabulous questions. They drew what they observed using much care to get their pictures just right. (You can read more about that on my last blog post. Click here to get there.)
My students became very interested in bird nests, their eggs, and the birds that laid the eggs. To help guide their learning, I brought out my bird books and used them and their pictures during our read alouds. My students LOVED the book, “Nature’s Perfect Package: Egg.” It initiated a lively discussion about specific eggs, egg sizes, oviparous animals, and what eggs can look like!
I am super lucky to have a friend who is an avid bird watcher. He happened to have an abandoned house wren’s nest with three eggs still in it. My students were over-the-moon excited to look at the real eggs.
They were shocked with how small they were!
I set up a table to use as another provocation. This time, students were presented with the question, “Can you paint a bird egg?” They were SO very excited to get started on this project. I taught them how to look at our resources (books, ipads, pictures, and posters) to find their favorite egg, draw a plan, and then how to execute it.
The first step was researching. My students looked slowly and carefully through the books to find the egg that they wanted to paint.
Next, they drew their plan. They were very careful with their color choices so that they would know how to paint their eggs.
Next, they created their own paint palettes and got to work.
They were so very proud of their hard work.
During writing, I used their new found interest to teach what a label was. I drew a robin on an anchor chart and my students helped me label him using our labels.
We also are creating a bird book in the style of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.” My students selected their favorite bird using our bird cards.
They drew their bird using a black sharpie.
Then wrote the name of their bird on our writing template.
Once the paintings dried, I glued them on scrapbook paper to make them into a class book.
Next week, students will add a “fast fact” to the back of their page to teach their friends their favorite thing about their bird!
Next week we will continue our bird inquiry to explore bird adaptations, habitats, and even dissect owl pellets! I’m looking forward to another fun week of discovery with this new group of students!
I hope that you are enjoying your three day weekend.