CLIL Science: Birds

Doing arts and crafts, sories about birds help my daughter learn the parts of the body, the common birds in our area and some types of the birds.  We use the Bird Watcher book from the DK Eyewitness Activity series as a guide to find out more about these animals. There are many great activities to try out as well as expert tips on birdwatching. Most activities can be completed by following the step-by-step, illustrated instructions with materials on hand.

 

Migratory Birds

 

On Krokotak I found some brilliant cutting practice printables to make storks and swallows. Some of them can fly!

 

Where can we see storks? There is a nest on a tall chimney. How many baby storks are there, what do you think?

Where can we see swallows? There are swallows everywhere! They fly so fast. They eat flying insects. Where do they usually sit? Yes, on wires. Grandma told that there is a swallow nest under their roof. We have to check it. 

 

Water Birds

 

We read the Ugly Duckling many times in Hungarian and recently we have read, watched and played it in English, too. 

 

What birds can you see in the Ugly Duckling story? Why do they call the little bird Ugly Duckling? What happens to him? Let's make the characters. Mother Duck is a wild duck. What colour is she? Her ducklings are yellow. And the ugly duckling? Let's create a white swan from a paper plate. Would you like to act out the story?

 

Songbirds

 

Adele got her first library card last month and she took out one of the Raven the Little Rascal books. She really likes the cheeky little raven and we decided to create a raven out of toilet paper roll. 

 

Do you know that ravens are songbirds, too? Let's listen to his song. Do you like it? Do you know other birds that have a beautiful singing voice? Cinderella is singing about a songbird while she is cleaning the floor. Let's sing it together.


Oh, sing sweet nightingale
Sing sweet nightingale
High above me
Oh, sing sweet nightingale
Sing sweet nightingale.

 

 

Night-time Hunters

 

When the sun goes down, most of the birds go to sleep. But not all of them. Do you know any birds that are awake at night? They fly and feed at night. What sounds do owls make?

 
 
Bird Nest

 

We make a bird nest out of salt dough, moss, small twigs, dried grass, and leaves. We make the eggs from play-doh.

 

Let's see. What do we need to make a bird nest? We have some salt dough. What else do we need? Where can we find (twigs)? Let's collect some.  How can we make a bird nest? So, we form the nest out of salt dough, first. Then we add the twigs, the moss, the dried grass, and leaves. How many eggs will you put in the nest? Let's sing the Two Little Dicky Birds song.

 
 

Birdwatching

 

We can do birdwatching almost anywhere. While playing in the garden, going to the shop, or walking, we can stop for a few minutes to observe these feathery creatures. We made Adele's binoculars from cardboard tubes. Since she is eager to use her binoculars, she doesn't need too much encouragement to spot the birds. 

 

Look, there's a bird! Where are your binoculars? What is it? Is it big? What colour is it? What colour is the beak? Ssshhh! Speak quietly, birds have very good hearing. Try not to get too close to the birds and move slowly. They can get scared away easily. 

 

Bird Bath

 

Birds love taking baths. They love to be clean. They don't take long baths. Birds prefer a quick dip in shallow water. Would you like to watch them how they go about washing? Let's make a bath for them. We need a tray, some small pebbles, and rocks. Where should we put the bath? Let's find an open space so cats can't attack the birds as they wash. You can spread the pebbles all over the tray. Now, pour water into the bath. Where should we hide? Look! There is one. It flutters its wings to splash water all over its body. 

Some birds enjoy dust baths, and never take baths in water. Visit grandma, and find out what birds I am talking about. She has a lot of them. 

 

 

Bird Buffet

 

 

What do birds eat? What do you think? Do they all eat the same food? Let's give them a special buffet to find it out. We need breadcrumbs, sunflower seeds, soaked oats, fruit and bacon fat (we can't buy mealworms here). We also need five plates. Where shall we put the dishes? We have to find an open place that is out of reach of predators like cats. We can hide in or behind your playhouse and watch the birds arrive.

 

What birds will not visit our bird buffet? What do you think? I give you a hint. These birds get all the food they need by catching insects in the air. Who are they?

 

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