BLAST Early Learning
by Kevin Henkes; illustrated by Laura Dronzek
Fascinated by the colors, shapes, sounds, and movements of the many different birds she sees through her window, a little girl is happy to discover that she and they have something in common.
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
words and pictures by Mo Willems
When the bus driver decides to take a break from driving, a wild and wacky pigeon pleads and begs to take his place, capturing the antics of a preschooler's temper tantrum.
Open-ended Questions for Birds:
Where do you think birds go when it’s stormy and they can’t get home to their nests?
What can birds do that you can do too?
Five Little Ducks
Five little ducks went out to play
Over the hills and far away
Mommy duck said, “Quack quack quack quack”
And 4 little ducks came waddling back
Four little ducks went out to play…
(Three… Two… One…)
No little ducks went out to play
Over the hills and far away
Daddy duck said,
“QUACK, QUACK, QUACK, QUACK!”
And all five ducks came scurrying back
mallard: n. a common wild duck
“Dressed in shiny green suits, mallards in the creek discuss the weather.”
(taken from Bird Songs by Betsy Franco and Steve Jenkins)
Math: Addition and Subtraction
On a flannel board, make a line for the birds to sit on. Put some birds on the wire and some off the wire. Make
different addition and subtraction problems with the birds on the wire.
Art: Bird Travel Book
What You Need: Yarn, construction paper, any other art materials you want
What You Do: Give the children the paper and the art materials and have them make pictures of where they would go and what they would do if they where a bird. You can then string their pictures together and make a Bird Travel Book.
Art: Bird Seed Collage
What You Need: paper towel roll, glue, hole punch, yarn, birdseed
What You Do: Get the children to put glue on the outside of the paper towel roll all the way around and then they can roll it in bird seed. The teacher can punch holes on both sides then use string or yarn to make a hanger.
Science: Which One Flies?
Cut out a lot of pictures of different birds. Let your students identify which ones fly and which ones do not.
Science: Make Your Own Bird Nest
Provide your students with mud, sticks, grass, leaves, twigs, pine
needles, and pebbles. Let your kids create their own bird’s nest. Later you can talk about why birds use these things in order to keep their eggs warm.
Science: Egg Taste Test
Provide your children with different types of eggs and let them taste the difference (hard boiled, scrambled, over easy, etc).
DK Guide to Birds by Ben Morgan
The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett
Duck is trying to hatch the oddest egg of all.
Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert
An escaped housecat encounters twelve birds in the back yard but fails to catch any of them and has to eat feathers for lunch.
Boo-hoo Bird by Jeremy Tankard
When Bird gets hit on the head while playing ball, his friends have many suggestions to try to make him feel better.