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Day 5 - Nature Walk & Bird Feeder Craft Craft for Kindergarteners

written by: ARobin • edited by: Laurie Patsalides • updated: 9/11/2012

This is the final installment of a series of lesson plans geared for teaching students about autumn and nature. In this particular lesson, you will take the children on a nature walk, do an art project, and work on math and language skills.

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    Materials and Class Preparation

    For today's lesson, you will conduct a review on the discussions concerning trees, colorful leaves, hibernating animals, and nuts.

    Keep the morning's discussion brief, so you will have time to go on a nature walk with the children. If a nature walk is not possible in your school yard, organize a short field trip to a tree filled park or to an orchard.

    For today's material list, you will need:

    • Large pine cones
    • Ribbon
    • Peanut butter
    • Shortening
    • Cornmeal
    • Large bag of birdseed
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    Circle Time Discussion

    • Review tree names and facts.
    • Review animals facts about hibernating animals
    • Inform students about the planned nature walk. Instruct them on certain things to collect while out walking: leaves, nuts, pine-cones and small twigs
    • Discuss with children that even though birds do not hibernate, they have a difficult time finding an ample supply of food in the winter time. Explain to the children that for art today, they will make bird feeders.
    • Before leaving on the nature walk, provide each child with a paper sack for autumn collections.
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    Activity

    • Lead children on a nature walk outside or to a tree filled park. Ask children to describe the colors of the trees and the feeling of the temperature outside.
    • While out, assist children in locating the autumn treasures that they are looking for.
    • Do not spend more than 20-30 minutes on the walk, in an effort to keep the children's attention and not allow the children to get bored.
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    Art Activity - Make Birdseed Snacks

    • Provide each child with a large pine cone.
    • Tie ribbon to the point of the pine cone.
    • Melt peanut butter and shortening into a large bowl. To the mixture, add the corn meal. Stir the mixture well.
    • Provide each child a paper plate and plastic spoon. Divide the gooey mixture between the children.
    • Instruct the children to spread the peanut butter mixture onto the pine cone using the plastic spoon. After the pine cone is coated, roll the covered pine cone in a bowl of birdseed.
    • Allow pine cones to dry throughout the day. Send them home with the children by carefully placing the pine cones in a seal-able plastic bag.
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    Math Skills

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    Language Skills

    • Ask children to describe the sights, sounds and smells of the nature walk.
    • Record answers on a chart and discuss the descriptive words.
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    Reading Suggestions

    • In November by Cynthia Rylant
    • Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

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