First I have to thank the Letter of the Week curriculum for the idea of making a nature alphabet book! Each week for your science unit, you can tie in your letter of the week to an activity and learning lesson to include in your nature alphabet book!
My 3.5 year old daughter and I searched up ‘Albatross’ for letter A. We found it on the National Geographic Animal page. We saw what an Albatross looks like and learned some neat facts!
- Prefers to stay out on the ocean
- Has the longest wingspan of any bird (up to 11 feet)
- Is a carnivore
- Lives up to 50 years
- Were hunted for feathers, also a part of Aleut and Eskimo diets
I only read a couple of the paragraphs on the website page, as Esmeralda did not hold a lot of attention with very little pictures to look at while reading about these birds. I just summed up some of the facts listed above to let her learn a little about the science of the albatross bird.
After we read about the albatross bird, I found a coloring page so she could color her very own albatross! I titled it “A is for Albatross!” at the very top. She chose to use the colors brown and orange because of the picture we saw on the webpage, which is also the picture found above. She then colored the beak orange and the body brown.
As we finish our weekly letter/science, we will put the pages in a three-ring binder and make a book out of it. The header image I used for this post will be the title page of Esmeralda’s nature alphabet book. I plan on buying sheet protectors so that it’s a book both of my kids can look at whenever they want, as I plan on keeping it when we are completed with the book. She and I are excited to see how her book turns out by the end of the alphabet!
If you want to create your very own nature alphabet book, try some of our ideas for each letter!
- Albatross, avocado, anteater, alligator
- Beach, bear, bee, blossom
- Corn, chicken, cow, catfish
- Dirt, dove, daffodil, donkey
- Elephant, egg, emu, Elm tree
- Finch, ferret, fuchsia, flounder
- Goose, giraffe, geranium, goldfish
- Horse, hummingbird, hibiscus, halibut
- Island, igloo, iguana, iris
- Jaguar, jasmine, jungle, jellyfish
- Koala, kiwi, koi, kale
- Leopard, lark, lobster, lemon
- Mushroom, mongoose, monkey, maple tree
- Nest, nectarine, newt, narwhal
- Orangutan, orange, onyx, octopus
- Pony, pond, peanut, petunia
- Quail, quagga, quercas, quillfish
- Rhinoceros, rock, rat, raven
- Skunk, seagull, salmon, sage
- Tree, tiger, toucan, turtle
- Unicorn, umbrella bird, urchin, unicorn fish
- Violet, vulture, volcano, vermin
- Wolf, warbler walrus, willow
- Xyris, x-ray fish, xylophone Cat, xantux
- Yak, yam, yellowthroat, yellowtail
- Zucchini, zinnia, zebra, zebra fish
There are so many other nature ideas that you can include in your book, like weather related words for example. I tried to include things that are not all that well-known just in case you want to use this as an opportunity to teach about something new instead of the same old, same old.