Animal Tools: "Chirp Builds a Nest" #3 (PEEP show)

  • “Chirp Builds a Nest” (PEEP show)
  • animal
  • beak
  • body
  • claw
  • tool

MA Standards:

English Language Arts/Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.2 Recall information for short periods of time and retell, act out, or represent information from a text read aloud, a recording, or a video (e.g., watch a video about birds and their habitats and make drawings or constructions of birds and their nests).

MA Draft STE Standards

Life Sciences/From Molecules to Organisms: Inheritance and Variation of Traits/LS1/3.A Describe/draw and compare the body parts of animals (including themselves) and plants they are investigating [System] and explain functions of some of the observable body parts. [Structure and Function]

Head Start Outcomes:

Language Development/Receptive Language Attends to language during conversations, songs, stories, or other learning experiences.
Logic and Reasoning/Reasoning and Problem Solving Classifies, compares, and contrasts objects, events, and experiences.

Animal Tools: "Chirp Builds a Nest" #3 (PEEP show)

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Skill Focus: Active Viewing, Making Connections, Vocabulary

Have children watch “Chirp Builds a Nest.” Say, People use tools to build houses. Do animals use hammers or saws to build their houses? What do they use?

Encourage free discussion. Guide children to understand that when an animal makes a home, it uses its body parts as tools. Share the pictures of a bird and gopher. Talk about how birds carry nesting material in their beaks, or mouths, and build using their beaks and feet. Tell children that gophers live underground, and they use their claws and feet to move dirt and dig tunnels.

Invite children to browse through books from the Library Center to find out more about how animals use their bodies to help them build their homes. Have paper and crayons available for children who wish to draw animals and the homes they build.

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