Curious George wants to make Compass the pigeon the perfect perch so the bird can feel right at home. But it takes a lot of research to figure out how to build a tall object that won't collapse. Patrons learn about the design process by researching their ideas outdoors, experimenting with what it takes to make a tall object stand upright and be stable, then comparing and documenting their work.
|Hints for uses in your library||Consider having patrons research endemic bird populations, and see if they can come up with an upcycled bird perch/feeder that can actually be put into use on your grounds!|
|Related Links||Consider watching this video before the activity!|
[Suggest a book]
Encourage students to use these books as they continue to learn about building and
Building a House by Byron Barton (Mulberry, 1990) From the foundation to the walls to the roof, simple pictures and text tell how a house is built.
• Curious George Builds a Home by H.A. Rey (Houghton Mifflin, 2006) When Curious George meets a pigeon, he decides that his balcony would be the perfect place for the bird’s home. (Available with companion DVD.)
• Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building by Christy Hale (Lee & Low, 2012) Children from all over the world build their own versions of the world’s famous buildings.