Hope is the thing with feathers
“Hope is the thing with feathers.”

Today’s Activities

Read and watch

Read/listen to this poem by Emily Dickinson.  Then use this guide to analyze the metaphor in the first line of the poem.
Hope is the Thing with Feathers Word Search
Watch this video,  and after watching the video do this coloring sheet.  Parents: Have your student name two things that help a bird.

Try this!

Try these math puzzles. The answers are included to use after you try the challenges.

Bird Anatomy

Go to this site to learn about bird anatomy!

Print and color in this diagram. Discuss if you see birds like this near where you live?

Read the short story on the Irwin Family and Zookeepers. Read and answer these questions


Research the life of someone who inspires you. Choose a historical figure (not someone you know personally!). 

This website is a good place to start.

Then fill out this graphic organizer based on your research.

Have your student pick a parent, family member, or famous person. Ask them what are 2 things they like about that person. Have them ask “wh” questions if the person is nearby. What they like? When they were born? Where do they live or work? Where is their favorite place to eat? Etc.

Get Moving!

P.E. With Joe: Do this 30 minute at home workout with Joe from the UK. His goal is to keep everyone moving and fit during this time of “stay safe at home”.

First, have your child do some warm up stretches: 10-15 arm circles (front and backwards), 15 jumping jacks, running in place for 30 seconds, 10 leg squats, 10 push ups and sit ups then go to GoNoodle and have your child pick a couple of PE/Dance videos. 

Draw it!

Try this directed drawing of a robin. You will need paper, a black pen, and colored pencils.

Use magazines, print pictures or draw a collage of your favorite person. Use the questions you asked to add pictures of things they like.

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Use magazines, print pictures or draw a collage of your favorite person. Use the questions you asked to add pictures of things they like.

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