As a continuation of our MFW co-op unit on birds, the kids and I spent a little extra time learning a little bit more on birds.
Bird Books We Read:
- Birds by Kevin Henkes
- If You were a Bird by S. J. Calder
- Wild About Wisconsin Birds by Adele Porter
- Birds and Trees by Emily C. Dawson
- Do You Know about Birds? by Buffy Silverman
- A Nest Full of Eggs by Priscilla Belz Jenkins
- Why Why Why Can’t Penguins Fly?
- Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (we rowed this book this week)
- Everything Bird by Cherie Winner
We reviewed our label on the parts of the Bird & our bird illustration.
How Can Birds Fly?
We read a few books about how birds can fly and we learned that one of the reasons is because they are so light.
I printed off a couple of pictures of different birds and we figured out how much they weighed. The first thing we did was to establish the difference between pounds and ounces. I took a can of soda (12 ounces) and had Treyton compare it to a 12 pound weight.
- Chickadee = 1/2 an ounce
- House Sparrow = 1 ounce
- Barn Owl = 15.5 ounces
- Ostrich = 140-290 pounds
- Eagle = 20 pounds
- Blue Jay = 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 ounces
- Robin = 2 1/2 – 3 ounces
Painting with Feathers
We also took a field trip to the zoo to look at some birds up close and personal.
These macaws were so fun to watch – super loud and active. The green one kept crawling on the cage, using his beak and claws. Treyton and I were talking about how this birds claws were perfect for gripping on to trees, and his beak was perfect for chewing nuts and fruit.
We really enjoyed learning about birds and observing first hand how amazing God is in His design of birds.
FIAR: Owl Moon (coming soon)