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Feathery Parrot

What do the words Quaker, Hyacinth, and Umbrella have in common? They are all names of types of parrots. Create colorful parrots without any mess using Color Wonder™ Paints.

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. There are at least 328 species of parrots--cockatoos, lories, lovebirds, macaws, and parakeets. Look at pictures and find real ones to admire if possible. Notice that every parrot has a small head with eyes and a beak. Where are its ears? Parrots have curved torsos, claw feet, wings, and a tail (sometimes a very long one). What colors are their feathers and beaks? What else makes these elegant birds so special?
    2. With Crayola Color Wonder™ Markers and Paper, outline a parrot, perhaps sitting on a perch or a tree branch. Fill in the outline using Color Wonder™ Paints. Blend red, blue, and yellow to get a wide variety of bright parrot colors. Use the brush to get different effects--stroke for a feathery look, swirl for a smoother one, dab for a stippled effect. Air-dry the paint.
    3. How many different species of parrots are represented by the paintings in the class? Consider making a colorful parrot display with labels!
  • Standards

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

    LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Invite a local veterinarian to meet with the class and share his knowledge about birds, parrots in particular. Prior to the meetings, students write questions for the meeting. After the visit, students post learning to a class blog.

    Working in small groups or a team of two, students research one of the 328 species of parrots. Students organize research into a written summary. Post the summaries with original sketches of the parrots in the classroom.

    Encourage students to follow the seasonal migration of the Orange-Bellied Parrot or another species. How far do some birds fly in a season? Students watch the movie "Migration" to see a flying company of parrots up close. Students post their experience to a class blog after the viewing.

    Parrots are great mimics. Some types learn to copy more than 800 words and sounds. Listen to parrot sounds on the Internet. Tyr to mimic the different sounds. Students record their attempt to replicate the parrot sounds.


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