After more snow days than normal here in NC, we are READY for spring! We have had a nice week of 60-70 degree weather most days, but wintry mix is in the forecast again next week – let’s hope it skips us! But, with springlike weather this week, I used the opportunity to do a lesson with my Kinders on one of my favorite signs of spring (besides the warmer weather!) – robins!
Using the Super 3, we planned some questions we might want to answer about robins and what types of sources we could use. Then, we watched this video (about 5 minutes long, but you could shorten it) to observe robins and see what we could learn. This included things like color, food, etc. There is no narration on the video, just shots of robins. Then we read this webpage as a class and talked about it. The kids love that baby robins eat 100 meals a day!
Afterwards, I had the kids choose something they thought was interesting that they learned about robins (not I like robins or Robins are pretty – it has to be a fact they learned) and write a sentence or two. They illustrate them and we talk about how the pictures can show information also – the coloring, the nests, etc – and should show what their sentence talked about. Here are a few of their pictures. I love how well they remembered the colors of a robin.