Monday, February 14, 2011

How Do Birds Find Their Way

I stumbled upon How Do Birds Find Their Way? in the library while getting some books to supplement Anna’s Birds theme in school. We read it together and found a lot of interesting facts about how birds’ migration patterns and science behind it. This book is also good for geography, since it talks about finding your way using the Sun, the North Star and the compass. It also shows maps with migration routes for some of the birds.


The natural extension of the book is to go outside, discuss sun position in the sky and try to find north with the compass. I don’t expect Anna to really “get” compass reading just yet, but we did learn a few things:

  1. 1. Compass needle always points in the same direction regardless of where you are facing or whether you are inside or outside.
  2. 2. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. We were outside in late afternoon, so it was easy to find west.


Then she was happily “migrating” from the kitchen to the living room. Eventually she settled down to lay an egg. You cannot see it, but she is sitting on an Easter Egg with a “chick” (a button) inside. As always, her game needed to include food, so she had a lot of food “prepared for a long journey north”.



We also built “Lego birds” – I built one first, and Anna built an exact twin by looking at mine. They ended up being “rescue birds” – they were rescuing Lego people who were “falling into water” and bringing them on Lego ship. By the way, this Lego ship is a vintage piece that belonged to Anna’s papa.

I will hit many “linkies” with one post and link my post to Science Sunday hosted by Adventures in Mommydom, The Play Academy at Nature’s Store, We Play at Childhood 101. Read, Explore, Learn at JDaniels4’s Mom and History/Geography Exchange at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.

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Mom and Kiddo said...

I really like the "Lets read and find out" science book series. Anna's experience is a good example of how they have many extensions. Plus, who wouldn't love to be a bird?

Christy said...

That book sounds great! It sounds like Anna learned quite a bit.

Debbie said...

Anna sure had a lot of fun with this. Just think she even laid and egg.

MaryAnne said...

I was thinking that boat looked vintage =)

I'm really impressed that Anna was able to copy your bird just by looking at it! Looks like you have another lego engineer in your home!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

We just had a bunch of DK books given to us by a neighbor - including a bird book, that has been a huge hit - this book would add nicely to it.

Brimful Curiosities said...

We're going to try and participate in the Great Backyard Bird count later this week and I should really pick up some bird books from the library. This one looks perfect.

Ticia said...

Perfect timing, our text starts talking about migration and the like this week.

Elise said...

Looks like Anna has inherited those excellent Lego building skills.

The Out of Sight book you mentioned in your previous post sounds like an excellent book and one I am going to try and get a copy of for my children.

I am hoping that I will be able to stop by more regularly again now that we are on the mend. Taleea was the last to get sick and is currently unwell. Today, she seems as though she may be on the mend. This latest round of sickness hit us good and proper. Thankfully, it looks like we've nearly seen the last of it.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I am a huge fan of this series and this sounds like one we would enjoy here as well. I find so many good books through your posts each week!

I LOVE Debbie's comment:-).

Cathy James said...

She has a great imagination and I love to see how you take an idea and weave it through lots of different play. Thank you for sharing with us at the Play Academy.