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A kindergarten bird inquiry
The first part of our kindergarten bird inquiry
4 Sep, 2016. 1 Comment. A Day In First Grade, Autumn, Kindergarten. Posted By: Kristen Smith

A Reggio-inspired kindergarten bird inquiry-- Lots of great ideas!

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.)

A reggio-inspired bird provocation

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!

Books used during a kindergarten unit on birds. Books used during a kindergarten unit on birds.

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.

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They were shocked with how small they were!

A young child explores a house wren's nest during a reggio-inspired bird inquiry.

A reggio-inspired art project while kindergarten students study birds-- Here is our provocation: "Can you paint a bird egg?"

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.
A reggio-inspired art project while kindergarten students study birds-- Here, students are researching their favorite bird eggs.

Next, they drew their plan. They were very careful with their color choices so that they would know how to paint their eggs. A reggio-inspired art project while kindergarten students study birds-- Here, students are drawing out their plan of their favorite bird eggs.

Next, they created their own paint palettes and got to work.

A reggio-inspired art project while kindergarten students study birds

They were so very proud of their hard work.

A reggio-inspired idea while kindergarten students study birds Kindergarten students enjoy a bird inquiry -- students researched bird eggs, drew their plan, and painted their favorite eggs!

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.

Kindergarten students learn what a label is during a bird inquiry

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.

Kindergarten students create a predictable text bird book in the style of, "Brown Bear"

They drew their bird using a black sharpie.

Hands-on bird activities in a kindergarten classroom

Watercolored it.

Kindergarten students create a predictable text bird book in the style of, "Brown Bear"

Kindergarten students create a predictable text bird book in the style of, "Brown Bear"Kindergarten students create a predictable text bird book in the style of, "Brown Bear"

Kindergarten students create a predictable text bird book in the style of, "Brown Bear"

Then wrote the name of their bird on our writing template.

Kindergarten students create a predictable text bird book in the style of, "Brown Bear" Kindergarten students create a predictable text bird book in the style of, "Brown Bear"

Once the paintings dried, I glued them on scrapbook paper to make them into a class book.

Kindergarten students create a predictable text bird book in the style of, "Brown Bear"
Kindergarten students create a predictable text bird book in the style of, "Brown Bear"

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!

(If you own my “Kindergarten: Little Scientists” pack on TpT, this unit will be added to it soon!)

I hope that you are enjoying your three day weekend.

-Kristen

 

 

 

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  1. I have three bird nests that I have found over the summer. One has eggs, one is actually still attached to the branches it was found in, and one was found in the driveway after a wind storm (it is almost the perfect nest, oval and in perfect condition). I can’t wait to have my kiddos examine them and to have conversations about them. Love you pictures and how you set up the bird nest station. Gave me a lot of ideas to do in my own classroom. Thank you for sharing.

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  • I have three bird nests that I have found over the summer. One has eggs, one is actually still attached to the branches it was found in, and one was found in the driveway after a wind storm (it is almost the perfect nest, oval and in perfect condition). I can’t wait to have my kiddos examine them and to have conversations about them. Love you pictures and how you set up the bird nest station. Gave me a lot of ideas to do in my own classroom. Thank you for sharing.

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