Friday, October 31, 2008

Birds Study (Attentiveness Unit)

Some highlights from our 2 week study of birds included:

A trip to the pet store and a lot of
information from one of the employees there.
Learning how God uniquely created different birds
for different habitats, foods and flight.  This is
a sorting game where the kids matched bodies with
corresponding beaks, feet and tails.  
We did some experiments like this one where the kids had
to figure out which beak type went with which types of food 
(some food substitutions were made to represent food found in the wild).
Can you guess what bird each type of beak belongs to in the below photos?
JSS's duck and ostrich feet.  :)
The next series of photos is from our "Feather Hunt" at the park.
God went above and beyond by even supplying us with...
...and entire bird's wing...
...and when we got home, an entire bird!
(It was found next to our house looking like it was 
just sitting there, but it had actually died in a sitting position.)
JDS was resourceful enough to grab the gardening gloves
and show the kids the different parts of it's body, like these flight feathers.
Zoo Field Trip
This is the SAME woman that helped JDS and AMS
with their nature journals when they were this age!
She thought they were them!  She was astounded
at how much they look like JDS and AMS...
and JSS's artwork brought back memories from 
JDS's nature journal.  Very sweet hour together.

The yellowish bird enjoyed "perching" in JSS's hood
and these two birds in particular LOVED flying up
onto Jesse and making themselves at home.
God allowed us to be the only people in the entire
aviary for about 25 minutes of one-on-one instruction
with the keeper (in green behind JSS's ear) 
and face time with the birds!  Sweet!

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