Here is our unit study/lapbook on birds!
First up is an "egg-speriment" - classic "put an egg in vinegar and see what happens". The shell of the egg dissolves leaving the membrane. You can hold it up to the light and see the yolk inside. We also talked about the anatomy of an egg.
The egg in vinegar:
The result (vinegar egg on the left). We also discussed osmosis, as the soaked egg got bigger. It also demonstrates how a developing chick breathes.
The next egg experiment was to find out why eggs don't break when a bird sits on it. The shape spreads the pressure!
Stack of heavy books on top of a carton of eggs (Levi was sure destruction was inevitable)
Levi explaining the experiment
His hair is orange in support of his friend Lily
We also observed birds at the zoo. We spotted this spoonbill acting strangely, she would not let anyone near her and would not move from this spot. Levi suspected she was sitting on eggs, but we didn't see any eggs, just rocks. Levi asked the zoo keeper and found out that she thinks those rocks are her eggs! The zoo removes eggs for research so this poor bird was a bit confused.
This Ibis has an actual nest.
Levi talking about vultures:
We talked about bird behavior as well, like what this bird was doing:
The zoo had some new signs up, all about flamingos
And our friend Thor at the zoo:
These guys were at a farm we visited:
And here Levi is working on an owl painting which later became the cover of his lapbook.
Here he explains what he is doing:
The finished lapbook: Bird habitats Poems and Songs (he memorized a few of them) Birds (what makes a bird, a bird)
Bird anatomy: Parts of a bird (outside) Inside of a bird Quiz on bird facts
Bird Behavior: Migration Honing Preening
Anatomy of an egg and our vinegar experiment
Our other egg experiments
More experiments and "bird records" that Levi looked up and recorded (this was his favorite thing to research)
Ducks: How many kinds of duck? Types of Duck Characteristics of ducks/water birds
More on ducks Duck communication Habitats names for male/female/baby ducks Chickens: digestive system vocabulary comparison of small vs. large farm raised birds
More on chickens: Chicken facts Group names Family Names Uses for chickens Ostrich: Burying its head Size Speed Boiling an egg
More on Ostrich: Why do they have wings? Maintaining body temperature Communication Owls/birds of prey: Raptors Big and small owls how birds of prey attack owl communication owl facts owl face shape
Owl Pellet dissection reflections
Bird Observations: These I made up myself and have a variety of different things to fill out for observations such as physical characteristics, where the bird was found and what the bird is doing. These we did at the zoo and it was a good way to get Levi to take a closer look at animals he sees regularly with zoo visits.
This is the cover, he made the paper for the owl with the drip art.