It's National Bird Day! We've compiled some great resources for teaching about our fine feathered friends.
Starting with this beautiful new book, Fly with Me : A Celebration of Birds through Pictures, Poems, and Stories by Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, Adam Stemple, and Jason Stemple, we get a stunning tribute to birds. Sections include birds in history, geography, science, literature, and art. This is a wonderful resource for middle grade elementary students.
Next, see if your students know the difference between penguins and puffins, with National Geographic Society's Penguins vs. Puffins by Julie Beer. Although they look similar, students can decide who's the better flyer or swimmer, who has the most celebrity status, and which one is the cutest.
Another captivating selection from National Geographic is Everything Birds of Prey by Blake Hoena and Hillary S. Young. Here you can learn all about birds of prey, including eagles, falcons, owls, and vultures. You'll also find an awesome quiz near the end to determine your "prey-sonality" and which bird your students most closely identify with.
Although the book is relatively simple, About Parrots: A Guide for Children by Cathryn Sill presents a fascinating look at the different types of parrots around the world. Who knew that Rosy-faced Lovebirds live in the dry areas of southwestern Africa? Or that the smallest one, the Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot, is not quite 4 inches long? Full of facts and impressive illustrations, this is a great book for sharing.
Have a fabulous Bird Day!
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