1. Communication; Language; Literacy.
- Reading story books
- Learning rhymes and poems
- Making and telling class/group stories
- Writing names on pictures of owls
- “The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark”, Jill Tomlinson
- “Owl Babies”, Martin Waddell
- “Little Hoot”, Amy Krouse Rosenthal with Jen Corace (illus).(2007 – Ages 4-8)
- “Owls”, Gail Gibbons. (2006 – Ages 4-8)
- “Little Owl’s Book of Thinking: (An Introduction to Thinking Skills)”, Ian Gilbert
- See the sheet “Owl Poems”
- Listening skills – following a story and retelling it etc.
- Communication skills – vocabulary development, confidence in speaking etc.
- Literacy – reading, writing simple words.
2. Numeracy; Problem Solving; Reasoning.
- Matching Games – photocopy cartoon owl sheets to make cards for matching and counting games, Either matching separate cards or placing one set of cards over the matching picture on a whole sheet.
- How many Owls? – use owl counting picture
- Owl Card Sheets
- Hidden Owls picture
- Counting – 1-20, simple addition and subtraction
- Finding “hidden” pictures
3. Knowledge; Understanding the World About Them.
- Make a class book or display about Owls, their habitats and lives.
- What do Owls Eat?
- When do Owls Hunt?
- Where do Owls Live?
- Sheet – “Facts About Owls”
- Basic knowledge of the life and habitat of owls.
- Basic understanding of needs of other creatures.
4. Personal Social and Emotional Development
- “Owl Babies”
- “The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark”
- Discussions with small groups about issues in the above books eg.“Mum going away and coming back”“Fears and how to deal with them”
- Owl Babies” Martin Waddell
- “The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark”
- Basic understanding of self in relation to others
5. Creative Development
- Make Owl Collages on Cartoon Owl Colouring Sheets
- Make Owl Masks
- Make model Owls in playdough, plasticene etc.
- Large Cartoon Owl Sheets
- Owl Mask Template
- Manipulation of tools and materials
6. Physical Development
- Make an Owl Dance
- Play a “Tag” game based on Owls and Mice – One person is chosen as the Owl to chase and touch the others. When caught, the mice must stand still on a circle until all have been caught. Last caught becomes the Owl.
- Confidence and co-ordination in movement.