A-Z Birds: From Albatross to Zebra Finch - Cornell Lab of Ornithology: BirdSleuth K-12: Cornell Lab of Ornithology: BirdSleuth K-12

A-Z Birds: From Albatross to Zebra Finch - Cornell Lab of Ornithology: BirdSleuth K-12: Cornell Lab of Ornithology: BirdSleuth K-12

A-Z Birds: From Albatross to Zebra Finch - Cornell Lab of Ornithology: BirdSleuth K-12: Cornell Lab of Ornithology: BirdSleuth K-12

A-Z Birds: From Albatross to Zebra Finch

Learning the alphabet is truly the ultimate foundation and assures student success in school and beyond. But why fall into the tired rut of "A is for apple" when you could put the alphabet into a fresh context? Instead, entertain your students by teaching the alphabet through some of the magnificent birds that you see in your own backyard and beyond.

We are inspired to compile an alphabet of incorporate into your alphabet learning unit. Using this fun list, you can teach all of the learning outcomes for the alphabet: name knowledge, letter sound knowledge, fluency letter, letter sound fluency, and letter writing. In addition, you can spark an interest in and appreciation for nature in your students through awareness of their local birds. Your students can also learn some new vocabulary words with the short and memorable alliterations that accompany each letter.

Check back each Tuesday for the next letter and bird species. We hope you enjoy this alphabet from Albatross to Zebra Finch!

A

Aloof and arrogant, Albatross ascends artistically,

Arising , aloft, upon the accelerating air.

B

The brilliantly bright Bluebird bounces,

Bringing breakfast to her begging brood.

C

Cheekily chirping, Chickadee claims the canopy,

Challenging contenders to claim his crown.

D

The delicate dove daintily dances

Delighting in the dissolving dark of dawn. His Excellency, the Eagle, enters effortlessly,

His elemental energy the envy of the empire.

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Our fastest feathered friend, the Falcon

Falls fast as fire from the sky

G

Glorious Grackle glides gently,

Hummingbird, helicopter-like, hovering by the Honeysuckle,

Hundreds of hues o,Äôer his heart.

I

U

Under Urraca, ôs unusual uniform

Undoubtedly, he understands the unknown universe.

W

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