Owl Babies Activities – Book Companion
This printable set of Owl Babies activities is designed to accompany the book Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. These read-aloud companion activities support comprehension, vocabulary development, and more!
These Owl Babies activities for preschool and kindergarten will enhance your read-aloud time!
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell (illustrated by Patrick Benson) is the sweet story of three baby owls who awaken to find their mother away. This is a perfect picture book to read aloud to young children who can relate to feelings of separation anxiety. It fits within an owl theme and supports learning science concepts about animals and their offspring.
This Owl Babies picture book companion set includes teacher tips for before and during your read-aloud and includes several options for follow-up activities. These Owl Babies activities are child-friendly and support comprehension skills, vocabulary development, retelling, and more!
You will need a copy of Owl Babies by Martin Waddell in order to use the included printable activities.
Here’s what you’ll find in this set of Owl Babies activities:
✅ Owl Babies Teacher Tips: This page includes suggested activities and discussion points for before, during, and after your read-aloud of Owl Babies.
✅ Retelling Picture Cards: Included in color and black and white versions, this set of six picture cards can be used to support an oral retelling of Owl Babies. These cards can also be used in a center for students to practice sequencing skills.
✅ Retelling with Action Words Activity: This page includes instructions for a retelling activity that allows students to act out the Owl Babies story by focusing on the action words within.
✅ Stick Puppets: These printable puppets of Mother Owl and the three babies can be attached to craft sticks and used in retelling activities as a whole group or with partners. These puppets are included in color and black-and-white versions.
✅ Comprehension Questions: 20 comprehension questions are included. Ten of the questions (signified by a lightning bolt) are factual questions that students can recall from the story. The other ten (signified by a thought bubble) require inferences or ask for students to make connections.
✅ Cut-and-Glue Sequencing Page: This cut-and-glue worksheet includes the same six pictures used on the retelling cards and allows the students to practice sequencing the main events in the story.
✅ Baby Owl Directed Drawing: These two pages (one with lines for writing and one without) include a simple step-by-step guide to drawing a baby owl.
✅ Owl Babies Writing Prompts: Each of these three prompts is included in three formats—drawing only, writing and drawing, writing only.
✅ Owl Babies Craft Template: This thick outline of three baby owls can be used for a collage activity. Consider using torn paper, cotton balls, and/or feathers.
How to Use this Owl Babies Activities set:
Read through the teacher’s guide while planning your lesson. If you are choosing to do the craft with your students, gather the materials you’ll need. Print the student pages and teacher materials you wish to use. The retelling cards can be laminated for durability.
The teacher guide includes ideas for accessing background knowledge before reading and for maximizing comprehension during your read-aloud. The rest of the materials are options for completing after reading. Choose the activities that are the best fit for your students!
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