Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Preschool Owl Theme Curriculum


CURRICULUM activity pics are below

This is a one week curriculum that requires no additional components. I have file folder games and printables that we also utilize.
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SONGS
Owl Song (I’m a Little Teapot)
I'm a great big owl, as you can see
I live high up in a tree.
All the other birds wake me up when they play,
Because I like to sleep in the day!

Time to Eat (Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Owl said, "It's time to eat, time to eat, time to eat!"
Owl said, "It's time to eat!
What do I eat tonight?"

Owl ate a mouse that night, mouse that night, mouse that night!
Owl ate a mouse that night
And said, "It tastes just right!"

Nocturnal Animals
On a moonlit night when the stars come out
There are nocturnal animals all about
1. Whoo, whoo, what do I see 
(make circles with fingers, hold up to eyes)
A wise old owl looking at me
2. Meow, meow, what do I see
A big black cat is looking at me
3. Eee, eee, eee, what do I see
A little bat just looking at me
4. Ribbit, ribbit, what do I see
A big green tree frog looking at me
5. Squeak, squeak, squeak, what do I see
A garden dormouse looking at me

Little Hoot Owl (Six Little Ducks)
Who flies around in the dark of night?
Who glides o’er silent night?
Who eats his dinner by late moonlight?
It’s a little hoot owl with his owl eyesight!
Who-who, who-who, little hoot owl.
Who-who, who-who, little hoot owl.
Who-who, who-who, little hoot owl.
It’s a little hoot owl with his owl eyesight.

LITTLE OWL  (Jingle Bells) Liz Ryerson
Little owl, little owl
High up in the tree.
Little owl, little owl
Blinks his eyes at me.
Hooting loud, hooting soft,
Hooting all night long.
I just love that little owl
And love his hooting song.


FINGER PLAYS & FLANNEL BOARDS
5 Little Owls By Lucia Kemp Henry
5 little owls on a dark, dark night.
5 little owls are quite a sight.
5 little owls! Are you keeping score?
1 flies away and that leaves 4.
4 little owls as happy as can be;
1 flew away and that leaves 3.
3 little owls calling, “Who, who, who”;
1 flies away and that leaves 2.
2 little owls having lots of fun;
1 flew away and that leaves 1.
1 little owl and we’re almost done;
He flies away and that leaves none.
 [Can be flannel board]

Five Hoot Owls counting flannel
Five hoot owls sitting in a tree
One flew away! How many do you see?
One, two, three, four.
Four hoot owls… etc.

A Mouse for Supper
Five little owls in the old elm tree
Fluffy and puffy as owls could be,
Blinking and winking with big round eyes
At the big round moon that hung in the skies,
As I passed beneath, I could hear one say,
“There’ll be mouse for supper, there will today.”
Then all of them hooted “Tu-whit, Tu-whoo!
Yes, mouse for supper, Hoo, hoo, Hoo hoo!”

 One Little Owl by Elizabeth Scofield
One little owl when the moon was new,
Along came another owl, and that made two.
Two little owls perched high in the tree,
Along came another owl, and that made three.
Three little owls flew to the barn door,
Along came another owl, and that made four.
Four little owls lined up side by side,
Along came another owl, and that made five.
Five little owls hooted "Whoo, whoo, whoo,"
Then they all flapped their wings and away they flew.

DRAMATIC PLAY/CREATIVE MOVEMENT
Wide Eye Owl
There's a wide eye owl
(make fingers in large circles and cup over eyes)
With a pointed nose
(use fingers to make a triangle & point out for nose)
2 pointed ears (use fingers for ears)
and claws for toes (wiggle fingers like toes)
he lives way up in the tree (point up to tree top)
and when he looks at you (point at kids)
he flaps his wings (use arms for wings, and flap)
and says whooo whooo (continue flapping wings)

The Owl [Finger play or dramatic movement]
An owl sat alone on the branch of a tree,      
(Use arm as tree branch and raise thumb for owl)
And she was as quiet as quiet could be.
'Twas night and her eyes were wide open like this;    
(Circle eyes with fingers and look around)
She looked all around, not a thing did she miss.
Some little birds perched on the branch of the tree,   
(Fingers of other hand fly onto tree branch)
And sat there as quiet as quiet could be.
The solemn old owl said "whoo-whoo-whoo,"
And up jumped the birds and away they flew. 
(Wave hand away and flutter fingers behind back)
[For dramatic movement, children will jump up and fly away]

Nocturnal/Diurnal Game
Children will be split into groups of people and owls. When the lights go on, the people dance and the owls sleep. When the lights go off, the owls fly and the people sleep.

One Night Owl – gross motor movements
(She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain)
There was one night owl in the tree:
Hoo!  Hoo!
There was one night owl in the tree:
Hoo!  Hoo!
Oh, he called up to the sky to an owl flying by,
And the owl came and joined him happily:
Hoo!  Hoo!
[Repeat for additional numbers.]
[Can be flannel board]

Pounce on the Mouse
The “owls” are barefooted. As they fly around, a beanbag is tossed out and the “raptors” must grab it with their “talons” and take it back to their nest.

Alternate, the beanbag mice are already in the “field” and the raptors must swoop in and carry as many as possible back to their nest before they are all gone.

If coordination is an issue, then younger children can use their hands rather than their feet. Works logic/reasoning, coordination/balance, core strength, spatial relations.

CRAFTS
Journal- Have children think about and draw about  the night time outside.

Painting- Children will paint toilet paper tubes with brown paint, or a color of their choice for Cut and Paste craft.

Owl Babies – Children will rip a strip of craft paper approximately 1 ½ inch by 9 inch and paste to black construction paper. Using black makers, they will create lines and swirls on the craft paper to represent bark. Using pom poms attached to clothes pins, they will pounce white paint above the “branch” to create a large, medium and small owl shape. In the sky, they will use the same technique to pounce a yellow moon. Using Q-tips, they will dot gold paint into the background for stars. On the owls, they will attach 1” diameter white or yellow circles for the eyes, ¾” black circles for the iris, and a hole punched white dot as an accent. These elements can be pre-made or the children can trace and cut out. An orange triangle is added for the beaks.

Cut and Paste- The tops of the toilet paper tubes are pushed in on opposite sides to overlap slightly, creating raised ears. (2) 1 inch circles of white or yellow for eyes, (2) ½ inch circles of black for eyes, (1) orange or yellow triangle for beak, (10) 1 inch circles of tissue paper for belly feathers, (2) yellow or orange zig zags for feet, (2) 2 inch X 3 inch rectangles of tissue paper for wings.

Sculpture- Turkey Puppets – Children will trace and cut out their hand prints for the wings. The wings are attached just below the top portion of the bag on the back side. 1 ½ inch yellow or white circles are traced and cut for the eye, 1 inch black circles for the iris, and white hole punches for accents. Orange triangles and zig zags are cut out for the beak and feet. A cupcake liner is flattened and add to the center of the bottom of the bag for the tummy. If wanted, Paisley figures can be added to the top as feather tufts for a Great Horned or Long Eared owl.


Cooking- Children will create a sandwich and cut the sides off as triangles, spreading the long ends out to form wings. 1 inch cheese rounds can be added as eyes, beak and feet. To the center of the cheese eyes, an olive circle, jam, ketchup, etc. can be added as an iris
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ACTIVITIES
Measuring Owls-North America
Elf Owl 5 inches
Northern Pigmy Owl 7 inches
Northern Saw Whet Owl 8 inches
Western Screech Owl 9 inches
Burrowing Owl 10 inches
Barn Owl 12 inches
Long Eared Owl 14 inches
Great Horned Owl 20 inches
Snowy Owl 26 inches
Great Gray Owl 33 inches

How much light do we need to see? Place children in a dark place, either a room or a dark tent. If possible, have a dimming light that you can adjust, or open the door or entryway a little at a time. Have the children try to be the first to identify items that you brought in as the light gradually increases.

Counting Feathers – The children will grab up a handful of feathers and count them.

Sorting Feathers – The children will work in teams of 2-3 to work out a method of sorting the feathers by color, type, or size, then count each group

SUPPLIES (Unusual)
Feathers

VIDEO
Youtube – Learn All About Birds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rariptboC14

NETFLIX – Wild Kratts, “Raptor Roundup”
Season1 Episode 40

Youtube – Owl Babies Animation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6aYYiyQUmY

Older children – Movie - Legend of the Guardians PG


WEBSITES
Little Night Owl poster – The Very Busy Kindergarten


LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  • Know what a carnivore eats
  • Know what nocturnal means
  • Describe 3 characteristics of an owl
  • Describe 3 characteristics of a raptor
  • Know 3 other raptors
  • Know at least 3 species of owl
OTHER
If possible, visit an owl or raptor exhibit at your local zoo, or invite a local wildlife rehabilitation group to bring an owl for a visit.

Owl Poem
Northern Saw-whet Owl 1-60 dtd
Finish the picture owl
Coloring Page - Labeled Owl from Kidssoup
Owl Facts - San Diego Zoo
Owl Alphabet Cards
Owl Pic Pinterest Board
Virtual Owl Pellet Dissection
Owl On-line Jigsaw Puzzle
Owl On-line Jigsaw Puzzle2
Owl On-line Jigsaw Puzzles3
O is for Owl Tracer Printable
Owl Mobile Printable & Coloring Page
PBS Cat in the Hat - Nocturnal Animals
Nocturnal Animals On-line Seek and Find Game

FLANNEL BOARD

TP OWL

OWL BABIES & COUNT THE STARS




 OWL PUPPETS




POUNCE ON THE MOUSE & GRAPHING


MEASURING OWLS

NOCTURNAL/DIURNAL

FEATHER COUNTING/SORTING

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, this Preschool Owl Theme Curriculum is so interesting. I am glad that you shared its details here. At our Phoenix pre-k we have also made an effective teaching curriculum and we keep updating it as per the requirements and new trends.

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