My hope is to create an engaging object table for observations of bird life with real nests from the neighborhood, hatched egg shells found on the ground, since mama bird tosses them out of the nest to make room for baby, sequence cards, feathers and bird houses.
The objective is for the table to be enticing to children calling to them, "Come! Learn here!"This is the first time I have laid such a variety on a table at once. Usually, Montessori way is to put each activity on a separate tray. Visually, this is exciting.
A trial run for this teacher!
My excellent 5 Bird Art Projects posting begin here:
A real cardinal nest and egg with sequence cards laid on a bird place mat.
I make a lot of handmade books from magazine pictures
Blue robin egg shells are abundant around my school.
This shows just a small part of a large set of bird story cards. I hand out the pictures to the kids and read the description and they raise their hand to say the name. This is a favorite activity because it starts a lot of discussion.
Drawn Parts of the Feather. Kids can copy this.
Real feather with labels
Drawn Parts of the Feather. Kids can copy this
Bird wing a cat left behind.
Nod to a cultural importance of features
Types of beaks cards with matching photos from
Beaks and how they are used.
Bird houses add interest to a nest collection
Enticing object grouping for bird exploration on a floor mat.
Interactive bird object table. I will rotate the lessons to include the above beak, feather and feet lessons
If I was a child I would love to sit here!
I think pulling the unit off the shelf and laying them out as a group will bring a lot of enthusiasm and desire to be involved with this unit. I will station a teacher to guide the children at first.