Friday, September 9, 2011

Birds Unit

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:

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. IMG_0022 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.

IMG_0013 Then we measured on our scale how much each of the birds weighed:

  • 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

As a fun craft we painted with bird feathers – Treyton is really into abstract art, so this was a fun craft for him.  IMG_0101

We also took a field trip to the zoo to look at some birds up close and personal.

IMG_0152 Penguins

IMG_0153 Ducks

IMG_0155 Vulture

IMG_0157 An Eagle

IMG_0160 A Burrowing Owl

IMG_0163 Macaws


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.


Extra Links

The Extraordinary Egg Book Unit

Bird Unit Co-op

FIAR: Owl Moon (coming soon)


Mama Teaching 3 said...

What a wonderful study you have had. :) I always enjoy learning about birds with my boys. One book we really liked was Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing the Birds and The Boy Who Drew Birds.

I love how he decided the parrot was helped by having his type of feet. :) What smart babies you have.

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