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Owl Babies provides an inlet to discuss fear with your children.
Three baby owls wake to find that their mother is not there. Where is she? What is she doing? Will she come back?
This timeless tale reminds your young child that you will always come back. This book opens many avenues of learning, and our Owl Babies Unit Study captures many of them.
Thanks to Robin Diedrichs for writing this Owl Babies unit study and for sharing it with Homeschool Share.
Owl Babies Unit Study & Lapbook Activities
Counting Owls Game: This game will explore counting 1, 2, and 3 objects. Instructions and counting owl game printables are found in the free downloadable file.
Read and enjoy the poems and songs included in the layer book. Repeated readings will help your child learn the poems and songs and will promote phonemic awareness. Make the counting poem for “Five Little Owls” with your child. Allow your child to manipulate the owls as you read the poem to him/her. Practice counting to five using the owls as well.
Science: Owl Diets
Discuss the types of food that we eat as humans – meat, vegetables, cereal, milk, cheese, etc. Ask your child what type of food he thinks owls eat. If he is unsure, reread Owl Babies listening to see if the story provides any clues to the type of food. Tell your student to listen as you reread. Try not to point it out to your student, but let your student discover the answer (even if it takes a few readings on a few different days). The book says, “She’ll bring us mice and things that are nice.”
Owls by Gail Gibbons states that, “Different owls have different diets. They may eat squirrels, skunks, rabbits, birds, snakes, insects, and other creatures.” Make the Owls Eat Flap Book. Talk about how all of these types of foods are meat. Meat eating animals are called carnivores. Owls are also called raptors because they catch their food by grabbing it with their sharp claws. The claws are called talons. Make the Vocabulary Matchbooks to expose your child to these new words. Let your student have fun pretending to be a raptor with sharp talons!
Science: Owl Habitat
Talk about how many owls make their homes in holes in trees and the type of materials used to make a nest by an owl. See if your child can tell you before you tell based on reading Owl Babies which states, “They lived in a hole in the trunk of a tree with their Owl Mother. The hole had twigs and leaves and owl feathers in it. It was their house.” Have your child explore the materials by making the nest using the Nest Simple Fold.You can use the twigs, leaves, and feathers pictures provided or use real items that correspond.
Science: Nocturnal Animals
Introduce the concept of animals that stay awake during the night – nocturnal animals. Compare them to humans who naturally sleep during the evening. It says in Owl Babies “It was dark in the woods and they had to be brave, for things moved all around them.” Have your child brainstorm a list of animals that might be moving at night.
Arts and Crafts
Print owl craft template and cut out. Trace on brown construction paper and cut out. In addition cut out other shape and use for a template to make a branch out of brown construction paper. Glue both on piece of black construction paper. Next, glue on two cheerios for eyes and cut out a piece of yellow construction paper and glue for the nose. Spread glue on the body of the owl. Put oatmeal on the breast and pieces of a pine cone on the wing. Use pretzel sticks for the branch.
Compare and contrast the difference between the way the mother owl looks in Owl Babies to the way the baby owls look. Discuss that owl babies (chicks) have white fluffy feathers. Make a picture with the three owl babies. Find a stick outside and glue to a piece of black construction paper. Glue above the stick balls of cotton batting. Add circle eyes, a triangle nose, and V shapes for the feet. Use the front cover of Owl Babies to help guide the picture. You could also add stars in the sky and a moon.
Fine Motor Skills: Owl Lacing Card
Print and laminate Lacing Card. Punch holes around the picture using a hole punch. Have your child lace the card using string. It is advisable to put some tape on the end of the tape to help thread it through each hole.
The Owl Babies unit study also includes snack ideas.
How to Get Started
Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Owl Babies unit study and lapbook:
- Buy a copy of the book, Owl Babies, or grab one from your local library.
- Print the Owl Babies unit study and lapbook.
- Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
- Choose and prepare the printables you want to use with your student.
- Enjoy a week of fun-filled Owl Babies learning with your preschool student.
Owl Babies Lapbook Video
Check out this Owl Babies lapbook (using the free printables from Homeschool Share).
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More Forest Animal Themed Resources
If your student enjoyed reading and learning with Owl Babies, he may also enjoy these forest animal themed resources:
If you are looking for more owl printables, grab this set!
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You can also grab this set of forest animal printables.