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Students will read and dramatize a poem and then create a Valentine bird feeder.
- The Sparrow peom, see attached document
- 6" x 6" tagboard, you may pre-cut into heart shapes or allow students
- peanut butter
- knife for spreading peanut butter and cornmeal mixture
- bird seed
- string or yarn
- aluminum foil or plastic wrap
- Student will LIST who valentines are for
- Student will WRITE a valentine message for birds
- Student will READ along with a poem about sparrows
- Student will DRAMATIZE a finger play about sparrows
- Student will RELATE valentines to nature
- Student will PRODUCE a valentine bird feeder
(BEFORE LESSON: mix 1/2 cup of cornmeal with 1 cup of peanut butter to use as a glue mixture to attach birdseed to heart.)
Brainstorm who we send valentines to, also what we send.
Discuss showing our love for nature with valentines. Talk about birds and our interactions with birds.
Introduce poem and finger play; read poem, re-read it with children and dramatize it.
Ask how we might show approciation for birds, recall finger play. Introduce bird feeder, and how to make it.
Cut out heart shape, hole-punch a hole into the top.
Write a valentine message to birds on the back of the heart. Spread peanut butter and cornmeal mixture on front of heart. Sprinkel bird seed on peanut butter and cornmeal mixture. Pat birdseed into mixture. Tie string or yarn to heart for attaching heart to a tree. Wrap birdfeeder heart with aluminum foil for trip home.
Send home a list of materials so students may makd additional valentine hearts at home.
Share finished heart with group, reading message on back of heart.
Ask students to discuss where they will place the valentine bird feeder.
Students may pretend to be the bird, and write thank you notes to another student.