With Easter just around the corner, why not plan a teaching week with a duck theme? Kids love themed units, and it’s easy to find resources to hit many content areas. In this post, I’ll do the work for you!
Attention Grabbers for a Duck Themed Week
If you want to hook your kids, one quick way to do it is to become a stand up comedian, right? These jokes may be loser jokes to you, my readers, but would they work with kids? Probably so (and feel free to use them). For others, [click here].
Q: What time does a duck wake up?
A: At the quack of dawn!
Q: What’s another name for a clever duck? A: A wise quacker!
Photos and Videos
Another great way to hook your kids is with photos and live video, and if your kids haven’t seen baby ducks hatch, I promise they’ll be very curious if you show them a clip like this one from Youtube, and when you find a topic kids are curious about, you lift their motivation to learn exponentially. Take a moment and check out a few clips. Aren’t they cute?
Duck Themed Book Choices
To begin, I want to share two books that are classics you must read to your students, Make Way for Ducklings and The Story of Ping. The rich vocabulary in each and just the feel of the books (if they’ve been in your library a while) make them worth highlighting. I think children need to hear classics and compare them to the new stories we have today. The illustrations for one will stand out to them, but why not introduce making story comparisons right from the start. Kids, even at a young age, will be able to share what they notice is different among the stories.
Also in the collection to the right, you’ll find Duck and Goose by Tad Hills. I love the Rocket books and this series is great too. There are several titles in the series to choose from too.
Another great series is the Max the Duck series by Jackie Urbanovic. These include Duck Soup, Duck and Cover, Sitting Duck, and Duck at the Door. Kids love silly, and these titles will be a hit. If you’re interested in giving these a try, [here] is a listing of options on TPT.
Resources to Use in Your Lessons
There are many activity options for Ducks on Pinterest as well as on Teachers Pay Teachers. I started the board below, and I’ll continue to add to it with other freebies and ideas. I just love some of the great art options that you can tie in with any writing project.
From this board, there are a few activities and blog posts that I want to highlight. They are linked to the original URL.
The first set is a collection of activities to go with the Duck and Goose series. This particular set goes with Duck and Goose Go to the Beach, but you may be able to modify them for the other books too.
This next set goes with the book, Duck for President. We may be past President’s Day, but you can always tie into what you learned last month as you work into a duck theme. This set by Teacher to the Core is nicely done. It includes graphing options and fluency work.
This book look so cute, and I love materials from 1st Grade Hip Hip Hooray. With this freebie, you can explore data collection and a cute story at the same time.
Finally, I’d like to share an exclusive freebie with you today. Duck Duck Goose is an original poem I’ve written. It includes a printable copy for students, a comprehension/word study practice page, and a visualizing page. I hope you’ll enjoy using it to work on these skills as well as fluency. If you like it, I have a Spring bundle (10 poems) and Yearly bundle (40 poems) in my store. Topics include seasonal topics as well as anytime topics making them easy to integrate into your ELA curriculum or for use in centers.
Duck Themed Tech Ideas
For tech resources, I am going to share a few Youtube links to the books I mentioned earlier. I know we all like to mix things up, and sometimes, a video read aloud may work better for showing the pictures, right? Just click on the book images below.
The Duck Song
Five Little Ducks
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Other Themed Units:
- How to Combat Spring Fever with Kid Friendly Themes
- The Ultimate Guide to Spring Mentor Texts for Comprehension
- Teaching with a Camping Theme: Activities, Book Lists, and More
I believe some of these resources will quack your kids up, but if not, give this last joke a try…What do you call a clever duck? A Wise Quacker! Have a great weekend and happy Friday!