Home Education March – Nesting Birds Week

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March is officially here and spring is on the way! Every morning I hear the birds singing outside and see them purchasing in trees. This week in our home education nature studies curriculum, Exploring Nature With Children we are studying the topic nesting birds.

I’m often left stuck on a Tuesday night, searching the internet and using my Nature Studies Pinterest Board to find the best ideas. But not this week! This week I’m full of ideas and wanted to get them down.

Nesting Birds Week

Nature Study

Listening and identifying bird calls

Anatomy of an egg

Nest building time-lapse footage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__jBs8nFDsE

Types of birds nests; cup, platform, mound, suspended, burrow, adherent, cavity.

Bird life cycle

How birds camoflarge their nests https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5nLDXweZqI

Materials birds use to make nests

Build a birds nest sensory play – after walk where we can collect feathers, twigs etc

Make a birds nest https://www.education.com/activity/article/like_birds_and_make_nest/
Video on the bird who builds their nest by leaf threading – then attempt leaf threading ourselves

Bird identification game

Garden bird hunt https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/activities/2015/06/garden-birds-id/

Nature walk – looking for signs of nests

Amazing bird nest pictures http://www.bbc.co.uk/earth/story/20150307-the-16-most-amazing-bird-nests

RSPB Wildlife challenge – bird box, bird bath, bird food, bird song and bird spotting challenges on the site.

Mallard duck lifecycle https://www.ducks.org/conservation/waterfowl-research-science/mallard-life-cycle#1

Garden bird siting bar chart – https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-t-17663-garden-bird-sitings-bar-chart

When do birds nest? How do they choose their next?

Science & Around the World

My great space adventure – The Sun

Cooking & Art

Bird Nest cupcakes (Mini eggs with cereal covered in chocolate)

Bird House craft

Literature & Math

Math 1

Math 2

Math 3

Reading 1-1

Reading 1-1

Mystery Science

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