It can be difficult to come up with original lesson plans for the preschool classroom. September and autumn are the perfect time for teaching about harvesting apples and the falling leaves, but every once in a while it's fun to try something new that seems to go along with the shorter days.
Studying about and creating a themed unit about owls is ideal for preschool-aged students. There are crafts, books, songs and even games that can be adapted to help pre-kindergarten students learn new skills and develop a greater appreciation for the many species of owls that call North America home.
"Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson is a classic story that is now available as a board book. Three owlets awake one night to find their mother gone.
"Little Owl's Night" by Divya Srinivasan is a charming tale about a little owl and his friends. He wonders why the whole world isn't awake at night.
"In My Tree" by Sara Gillingham and Lorena Siminovich is another board book perfect for the preschool classroom. Different elements of the owl's tree are explored with the turning of each page.
"Little Owl" sung to the tune of "This Old Man" from Preschool Express
"Five Little Owls" by Leanne Guenther found at DLTK-Kids.com
"Owl Song" sung to "I'm a Little Teapot" from Everything Preschool.com
Paper plate owl from Danielle's Place
Heart owl from Krafty Kid
Hand print owl from Rips in My Jeans
These are just some of the many ways to develop a lesson unit about owls for using in the pre-kindergarten classroom. There are all sorts of number games, language building activities and nature-based ideas for helping to educate preschool-aged children about owls. Make sure to watch the cute video of an owl being tickled that accompanies this article and subscribe to the Preschool Examiner for more news and information relating to educating preschoolers.