Are you looking for a “V” word to use as part of a Pre-K lesson plan? Why not give the word “vulture” a try. Believe it or not, there is a decent amount of material that could be used with such a theme. Here’s a quick look at some of what’s available:
When it comes to vulture themed, language arts worksheets, I’d suggest visiting the Education website. It contains three, free handouts of note. The first is a “V is for Vulture” combination tracer and coloring worksheet. Instead of letting the kids color the sheet, you may want to think about letting them glue faux feathers to the “V” shape. Based on my experience, the kids seem to love doing it. You can typically purchase bags of faux feathers through craft stores for a modest fee. The second worksheet is titled “Beginning Sounds: V and W.” It features such “V” words as “vulture”, “vase”, “vacuum” and “violin.” The third worksheet is titled “Words That Begin with V.” It includes a dozen “V” words, including some of the same ones listed on the second worksheet.
As far as vulture themed handwriting worksheets go, you can create as many different ones as you like on the Twisty Noodle website. You can also create free word wall cards to go with them on the School Express website. If you want to include a colorful wall poster in the mix too, you can find a free one posted on the First School WS website.
Do you want to teach the children about the difference between small and large objects as well? If so, I’d suggest visiting the TLS Books website. It has two separate handouts that feature vultures. The first handout challenges the kids to identify the smallest pictures on the page. Vocabulary words that appear on the handout are “vulture”, “vest”, “violin” and “volcano.” The second handout features the same vocabulary words. It is designed to help the children identify the largest items in a set of four groupings.
Art and Music
Next, you may want to have the children create a vulture puppet. There is a template for making a paper vulture posted on the DLTK Kids website that you could use. Just attach cardstock and wooden craft sticks to the backs of the vultures when the kids are done. There is a song that the kids could sing afterward. It’s titled “The Vulture.” Its lyrics reference the creature’s diet. You can find a copy of the song’s lyrics posted on the Songs for Teaching website. There is also a poem by Hilaire Belloc that you could use. It is titled “The Vulture” and you can find a copy of it posted on the Story It website.
Science and Math
From there, you may want to think about focusing on the turkey vulture for your lesson plan’s science segment. That way, you can teach the children about two letters at the same time (“T” and “V”). I should also mention that the National Park Service has a nice turkey vulture fact sheet that you could use to develop talking points for your science segment. The handout contains color photos and information about the bird’s diet, physical characteristics and migration. Lastly, you may want to hand out a few vulture math worksheets. There is a basic addition worksheet available through the Kidz Park website. It features vultures and ostriches that the kids must count and record.
Source: Personal Experience
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