A-Z Birds: From Albatross to Zebra Finch
Learning the alphabet is truly the ultimate foundation and assures a student’s success in school and beyond. But why fall into the tired rut of “A is for apple” when you could put learning the alphabet into a fresh context? Instead, entertain your students by teaching the alphabet through some of the magnificent birds that you see in your own backyard and beyond.
We were inspired to compile an alphabet of (mostly) North American birds that you can easily incorporate into your alphabet learning unit. Using this fun list, you can teach all of the learning outcomes for the alphabet: name knowledge, letter sound knowledge, letter name fluency, letter sound fluency, and letter writing. In addition, you can spark an interest in and appreciation for nature in your students through awareness of their local birds. Your students can also learn some new vocabulary words with the short and memorable alliterations that accompany each letter.
Check back each Tuesday for the next letter and bird species. We hope you enjoy this alphabet from Albatross to Zebra Finch!
Aloof and arrogant, Albatross ascends artistically,
Arising, aloft, upon the accelerating air.
The brilliantly bright Bluebird bounces,
Bringing breakfast to her begging brood.
Cheekily chirping, Chickadee claims the canopy,
Challenging contenders to claim his crown.
The delicate dove daintily dances,
Delighting in the dissolving dark of dawn.
His Excellency, the Eagle, enters effortlessly,
His elemental energy the envy of the empire.
Our fastest feathered friend, the Falcon,
Falls fast as fire from the sky.
Glorious Grackle glides gently,
Glaring in the gloom with glowing golden eyes.
Hummingbird, helicopter-like, hovering by the Honeysuckle,
Hundreds of hues o’er his heart.
Ibis imagines in isolation
Interesting images of incredible isles.
The Junco jumps jauntily from the juniper,
Joyfully jingling the junked jewelry.
The Kingfisher keeps the key to the kingdom,
Kindly kissing the kiwis.
Ladies love the lordly Loon,
Look as it launches, laughing, into the light.
Midnight meets the morose Merlin
Musing ‘midst the murky mist and milky moon.
Nine Nuthatches nestled in their new nest,
Never noisy at night, naturally.
Out o’er the water, Osprey offers openly
Original opinions of the ocean’s origins.
Perched by the Pacific peacefully, Puffin pauses
As the patient person pencils a perfect picture.
Quaint and queenly, Quail quietly questions
The qualities of the quickly quipped quotation.
The reflecting Raven roves in the red rain,
Ravaging all the rotting remains it recognizes.
The shrieking Shrike suddenly strikes,
Stabbing its succulent supper upon a spike.
Terrified Turkey tries to tarnish
The tales of his traditionally tempting taste.
Under Urraca’s unusual uniform,
Undoubtedly, he understands the unknown universe.
To a vast and violent valley Vulture visits,
Voicing valuable visions to various villages.
Wandering within the woods, Wood duck wonders wistfully,
When the white winter will withdraw.
The Xenops exits excitedly,
Expecting exaltation for his extremely exclusive existence.
Yearly that yonder yawning Yellowthroat yearns
For the youth of yesterday yore.
The zany Zebra Finch, zipping with zest,
Zig-zags and zooms through the zoo.
Sketches by Severine Hex