Counting is for the Birds Literature Unit in Action

We are loving our Kindergarten Literature Units,  and recently completed Counting is for the Birds!Counting is for the Birds Unit Study in Action

I love setting up a central area for our theme focus and my daughter loves it too.  I gather our toys and books together and display them the night before we begin our unit. It helps to draw her in and get her excited about our learning time together. This was a VERY easy unit to set up for since my kids are obsessed with birds, and I once was and had a lot from my teaching days!

Ladybug just had her 6th birthday and got the cute little bird feeder swing and all of those stuffed birds, the small bird toob birds, and the singing birds.  They came at the perfect time to set up for this unit!

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I had so much, we used the entire length of the shelf!

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Day One

She LOVED the display and went straight for the new 3 part bird cards

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After reading the book, we got straight to work.  Here she was working on ordinal numbers

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B is for Bird and…

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She was SO excited to make a cardinal!

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I got her a little bird sticker pack which she loved!

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Day Two

Her cardinals from the previous day dried so she cut them out and put them together!

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We worked on the character activity…

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Labeling a bird

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Day Three

We worked on the hundreds chart mystery picture.  First I had her circle all of the numbers in the correct color as we went through them one by one together.  Then she went back and colored…

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Sequencing the story…

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Day Four

Skip counting with a little birdy friend

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Unscramble the sentence

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Day Five

Got out our fraction puzzles to go along with our bird fraction page.

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Painting a blue jay

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Day Six

Life cycle of a bird

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Day Seven

We read this book every day, sometimes more than once.  She loves it!

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She is browsing through to show me the answers to the comprehension questions!

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Writing about her favorite bird from the story, a nuthatch!

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Throughout the week she begged for more bird crafts.  I got all of these from Learn, Create Love here!

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All of our work from this unit! Such a FUN unit!

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To top it all off, we got to visit a good friend who has chickens and has just gotten new baby chicks!  My bird girl was in heaven!

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See our FREE printables for this unit here,

our Pinterest board here,

and our book and toy suggestions here!

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Counting is for the Birds Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables

Our next Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack is ready, Counting is for the Birds by Frank Mazzola Jr.!  We are technically closer to 1st grade now so I adapted this set to her needs.  It would be a better pack for later in the Kindergarten year for most children.

Counting is for the Birds is a favorite book of Ladybug’s, featuring another of her favorites ~ BIRDS!  It features many of her very favorite birds, lots that we find on our own feeders! You can get the book here!

Counting is for the Birds Kindergarten Literature unit


In this printable unit you will find a sample lesson plan.  I provide a lesson plan idea, but even I probably won’t follow this, it is just an idea.  Make this work for you and your child!

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For each unit, I am selecting Kindergarten math goals from our list. For this unit I chose ordinal numbers, skip counting by 2s, basic fractions and 100s Chart Mystery Picture.

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Lots of literacy activities; Letter B sound, sequencing the story, comprehension questions, writing, unscramble the sentence.

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The science activities: 3 Part bird cards, label parts of a bird, and bird life cycle.

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Label a Bird Printable

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The character connection is focused on identifying times to be quiet and times to be louder, since bird watching is a quiet activity.

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Bible verses are available in a few different formats, choose the one you like best.

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I share more ideas here on our Pinterest board for this unit.

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Kindergarten Literature Unit ~ Counting is for the Birds on Pinterest.

See books and toys to go along with this unit.

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~~>Download your FREE printables here!<~~

We will be sharing our unit study in action soon!  See other units here!

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See all of our Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices here!

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Bible Verse Printables Letter B

RLRS Letter B John 3 16 Bible Verse Printables


 

Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter B are available to download for free!  B is for BELIEVES! This set is based on John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  This is a foundational verse in the Bible, and teaches kids some big words  like perish and eternal {depending on the version you use they may vary}.  We illustrate the word eternal by stretching our arms out wide and pointing on each end to show that it means never ending.

We used the group version in my children’s church class of 4 & 5 year olds and really enjoyed it.

I am using the home bundle with Ladybug as a review, working on the verses again later on.  For example, in my class we are on the letter F right now, but at home we just worked on our review of letter B. She is in my children’s church class so she is getting the group teaching and then getting it again at home with me.

Here’s a peek at the word she did at home.

Here she was coloring the coloring page, she LOVES to color.  Again, she wanted to copy the poster graphic so you can see it sitting beside her.

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Color ~ Trace ~ Write the letter Bb…

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Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying individual words and sounds she knows as well as the Bible verse as a whole. This verse is a bit longer so I cut the words out in rows for her and gave her one row at a time. She uses the printable that has the light gray matching words on it.

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You can see her verse bracelet below.  She got one when we did it in Children’s Church awhile back too.  She wasn’t too interested in a photo so I had to steal one while she was playing!

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Here’s a shot of how we did the letter page at church, I have all of the kids sign it on the day they are there! I just love all of their little signatures.

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We have a banner at church, which you can see a glimpse of here on Instagram.  Here is  our home banner!

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Here’s the work Ladybug did at home…

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And, here’s Ladybug singing the verse for you!  The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear the tune for Letter B in this video!  In case you don’t catch it, the tune is Jesus Loves Me.

 

The free version is ONLY for home use.  If you will be using these printables in a church setting, private group, co-op, preschool or other group you will need to purchase the group bundle here.

Download your free Letter B printables here!

Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter B and click on it to download the PDF file.

Download or printing trouble? See tips here!

These printables are from Raising Lil’ Rock Stars, see more info here!

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Early Childhood Theme Printables A-E

Theme Printables A through E

Other Posts in this Series…

Theme Printables F-J

Theme Printables K-O

Theme Printables P-T

Theme Printables U-Z

 

I wrote about my views on using themes with young kids, and there are certainly a LOT of early childhood themes to choose from! 

If you are like me, at times you choose a letter and build on it for a week or so with your tot/preschooler. It helps me stay focused as a teacher and not forget things! Having a letter of the week is not important, or necessary, it is just helpful for my type-A personality. In honor of this, I have created a series of planning help posts, gathering together all themed printable packs I could find that could extend a letter of the week.

Other times, I build on a theme with no focus on our letter of the week. These lists will help you find things in an orderly fashion!

When you begin planning, Pinterest and Google can be a bit overwhelming!  I am creating this series to help you with your planning.  I have gathered all FREE theme based printable packs {mainly early childhood focused, tots-1st grade} that I am aware of and sorted them by letter so you can browse through and get ideas all in one place! I did NOT include holiday based packs, simply because there are so many and they are pretty easy to find when holidays roll around.

I have included free printable theme packs from bloggers around the web including; Homeschool Creations, 2 Teaching Mommies, Spell Outloud, 3 Dinosaurs, Confessions of a Homeschooler, Me & Marie Learning, Ooopsey Daisy, All Our Days, Creative Learning Fun, Royal Baloo, 123 Homeschool 4 Me, Lawteedah, Our Little Monkeys, Creative Preschool Resources, Our Country Road, Homeschool Share, Preschool Mom, Gift of Curiosity, and Over the Big Moon. {if any of you ladies notice an error please let me know!}

If the pack was created by another blogger, I listed their {blog name} in the brackets.  If there aren’t any brackets, I made it!

Letter ATheme Printables A

Letter BTheme Printables B

Letter CTheme Printables C

Letter DTheme Printables D

Letter ETheme Printables E

    Looking for more printables?

    Theme Printables F through J Theme-Printables-K-through-O5 Theme Printables P through T Theme Printables U through Z

    Alll Printables A to Z 300 Printables-Packs-from-1plus1plus1equ

    Other posts about using THEMES with young kiddos…

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This post is #10 in my series for the iHomeschool Network Spring 2013 Hopscotch. Visit other bloggers participating here!

Links will be added as the series progresses!

Homeschooling-Tots-and-Preschoolers_Day 1 ~ Where to Begin with Tot School eBook

Day 2 ~ You Don’t Have to Do it All!

Day 3 ~ Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Day 4 ~ Time Invested in Tot Schooling

Day 5 ~ 10 Tips for Studying Nature with Tots

Day 6 ~ Exposure vs. Mastery

Day 7 ~ Why Themes?

Day 8 ~ Teaching Tots in a Large Family

Day 9 ~ Our Favorite Learning Tools for Tots

Day 10 ~ Early Childhood Theme Printables A-E



Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Letter B

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Our letter this week ~ Bb, our verse:

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See RRSP Letter Bb with Krash here!

Not familiar with RRSP? Read the intro post here!

You can tell by her outfits what she did on each day, about 2 RRSP activities per day plus the PowerPoint. She got really excited when she came in to see her RRSP board changed!

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We are having a lot of fun with the vocabulary cards, I cut them in 3 strips and then she cuts them,Home Preschool Letter B -8226

After she cut them out, we used our new swatter to play a little.  I yelled out an item and she swatted it!Home Preschool Letter B -8234

Just like Krash, she loved cutting her verse, taping it together and measuring it!Home Preschool Letter B -8277

The entire printable unit {everything else you see pictured above} is available for FREE!

You can download the entire letter Bb unit for FREE here.

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~ More Letter Bb Work ~

See how we organize our weekly home preschool activitiesPreschool-Work-Trays6

I am doing Letter Baskets for her, and using her shelf to draw her attention to different items. One of the items in her letter collection is the little drawer from our ABC collection. These are just little things I have collected beginning with each letter, put in a tool storage drawer set from Home Depot!  She loves investigating the tiny items!

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Our ABC Find It activities were really fun, she was excited to see the new Letter B sheet! We are using the printables 3 different ways, the first day I let her do a sensory bin search to find all of the little cards.Home Preschool Letter B -8248

Another day we hide the cards around the room and find them…

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Finally, we put the clue cards in a bucket and she draws one out for me to read so she can find the item!  She really enjoys all of these activities!

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We used the Letter Bb play dough mat, she loved it!Home Preschool Letter B -8240

She loved dot painting the B with the bear. Home Preschool Letter B -8256

She loved using the letter Bb pattern block printable with her magnetic pattern blocksHome Preschool Letter B -8283

Dot painting B is for ButterflyHome Preschool Letter B -8299

Painting the Letter Bb page from the Tot Time Notebook was a favorite activity. She loves paint and it really drew her into the sheet, which she has seen many times before in her notebook! Home Preschool Letter B -8303

Painting her Animal ABC lowercase b…Home Preschool Letter B -8469

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Letter B Maze with pom pom magnets…Home Preschool Letter B -8295

Dot painting all of the Bb’s on the letter huntHome Preschool Letter B -8461

We did a few activities from my Ballerina Preschool Pack. Ballerina Pack

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We used the ABC page on our cookie sheet with our gem magnets.  I yelled out a letter and she had to mark it with a magnet.Home Preschool Letter B -8487

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We are in the second half of All About Reading Pre Level 1, which goes through the lowercase letters. The letter b  for bat page was a hit!  We added star stickers to the page and then painted it black like the night!Home Preschool Letter B -8471

Letter Bb on the iPad with ABCs of God and Letter School

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Her work all hung up at the end of the week. This is the pocket chart above her desk…Home Preschool Letter B -8517

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Find all letter A activities on my B is for… Pinterest board, or on my general ABC Ideas board! I also have a board for RRSP Letter Bb!

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More Preschool Fun!

Not everything we do revolves around our letter of the week, I just often forget to take pictures of the rest!  I do remember at times though!

I used 2 of our Learning Resources toys to play this game.  First, I had her roll the dice from our Froggy Feeding Fun game, which chose the number and color.Learning Resources -8640

She used our new Handy Scoopers {review/giveaway coming soon!} to grab the correct color and number and feed them to our froggy.

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The froggy is a bit too difficult to squeeze open, so we made him a pile.  We also sorted them into a graph format and counted and compared our totals.

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The girl reads all of the time!  I think she would sit and let me read books to her all day long if we had the time!Home Preschool Letter B -8537


Learning Tools We Used…

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