Spring Theme 3:
Take a walk to look for oviparous animals. Oviparous animals
develop in an egg and hatch outside their mother’s body. Prior
to your hike, show children pictures of birds, snakes, fish, turtles,
insects, and lizards, to name a few oviparous animals. Point out
that bird nests will probably be easiest to spot in spring because
many deciduous trees lost their leaves in the fall and only young
buds are on the trees now, leaving bird nests exposed. Tell children
they can also look for nests of other types of oviparous creatures,
such as bees or spiders.
If you are able to spot a nest, ask open-ended questions about
it. Questions that point out nests’ characteristics and that develop
children’s language skills might include these:
Why do you think many birds build nests in trees?
Where else would a safe place be to build a nest?
How are nests like our homes?
How many eggs fit in a nest?
What else do you notice?
While you’re focusing on nests, be sure to refer to the Winter’s
Groundhogs, Shadows, and Burrows theme (page 100) and dis-
cuss the topic of shelter.
Role Play Outside
While outdoors, explain to the children that they get to curl up
and pretend to be animals inside of their eggs. Ask them to coil up
tiny and to say the kind of animal they are. Begin by saying, “Let
me see what you look like inside your egg.” While they pretend
to be oviparous babies in their eggshells, children should use “I”
statements when answering your questions.
Ask open-ended questions to help them to get into their roles
and to develop their higher-level thinking skills:
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