May 2014
    
          
     For the remainder of the school year, we will be talking about animals that hatch from eggs.  We will spend time talking about birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects.  We will be reading the book Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones.  Also, during this unit we will be making our last book that will go home on the last day of school.  We will be painting two birds, a reptile, an amphibian, a caterpillar and a butterfly.
    
     The first two weeks we will discuss birds.  We will look at different kinds of birds and learn what some of them are.  We will sing a song called “Jack and Jill” and change their color each time we sing.  We will be reading Birds by Kevin Henkes, In the Nest, and Birdsongs by Betsy Franco.  We will be going out on a nature walk and collecting things to make a bird nest.  We will then use clay and the items we found to make a nest that we can take home.  We will make eggs out of clay to go in it.  We will also paint with feathers.  For snack we will make bird cheese toast and a nest out of Chinese noodles and peanut butter with raisin eggs.
    
     For reptiles we will look at the different kinds of reptiles there are and what makes them reptiles.  We will drag yarn through green and brown paint and use it as snakes slithering through the grass and mud.  We will make breadstick snakes for snack.  We will be reading The Greedy Python and The Mixed Up Chameleon both by Eric Carle.  We will learn two finger plays “My Turtle“ and “I Had a Little Turtle”.
    
     For amphibians we will look at the different kinds of amphibians and what makes them amphibians.  We will use plastic frogs and dip their feet in green and blue for grass and water and jump them on our paper to make frog footprints.  We will make frogs on a log for snack with a pretzel rod, peanut butter and raisin frogs.  We will be reading The Wide Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner and The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer.  We will learn the song “5 Green and Speckled Frogs”.
    
     The last week and half we will look at insects.  We will talk about what makes an insect.  On the last day of school we will share with our parents everything we have learned during this unit.  We will give them our books we painted and celebrate with our delicious party.
 
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