Birds are important members of many eco-systems. They play a vital role in controlling pests, acting as pollinators, and maintaining the local ecosystem. They are also very important to humans by serving as a source of food, and providing fertiliser, amongst other things. The Parts of a Bird Activity helps the Child to understand how birds fly, eat and live.
There are over 10,000 species of birds around the world, however the actual number of birds is far more than that. The National Geographic reckons that house sparrows could be as many as 1.6 billion, alone.
The Montessori zoological curriculum classifies all birds as members of the Phylum Chordata, and they are known as Aves. This activity is aimed at both the 3 to 6, and the 6 to 9 environments.
Examples of the Word Cards describing the Parts of a Bird Activity
- the direct objectives of this material, is for the Child to
- learn about the different parts of the bird
- develop their understanding of the definition of these parts
- indirectly, the Child;
- improves their vocabulary skills
- develops reading and cognitive skills
- receives an introduction to zoology
- curriculum support material; aligned to the Montessori language and zoology curricula
- the material is colour-coded, to match zoological coding, with a light-blue border around each card
- a 20-page booklet, providing an overview of the activity
- an illustration of the part under discussion is on one page
- the opposite page has a brief description, and definition of that illustration
- 10 sets of 3-part cards, each set has a control, a mute and label card
- 10 sets of definition cards, each set has:
- 1 card, with a complete definition,
- 2nd card with a redacted word that the Child must answer
- sold in a transparent, plastic A6 envelope
- Booklet – 8 cm x 8 cm / (3¼” x 3¼”)
- Definition Cards – 8 cm x 8 cm / (3¼” 3¼”)
- Control Card – 13.5 cm x 9 cm / (5¼” x 3½”)
- Plastic Envelope – 18 cm x 13 cm x 1.5 cm / (7″ x 5″ x ¾”)
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Further Reading and References
- Bird Themed Activities for Toddlers by Montessori in Real Life