Saturday, August 10, 2013

Of Nests and Eggs

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 
National Geographic.

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.


Unknown said...

I would want to sit there too! I have tried my hand at this before and it worked. Although I imagine it could be a regular thing if I was able to execute it like you did. Well done! I am learning so much from you. Your archived postings have been a blessing to me. Thank you for sharing.

inspiredmontessori said...

I am needing my new topic of the year to keep me going and I think it will be Loose Parts from Reggio. This post is really tight as far as loose parts but I hope to go more natural as I progress through many of my science units. Not familiar with Reggio? Me either but look here.

It looks loosey goosey to a Montessorian but I see real creative beauty in it.

Thank you for the encouragement, Discovering Montessori! Your name?


Diana of Diana Rambles said...

Very nice~

Carrie said...

What fun lessons!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!