Nerdy Birdy

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N E R D Y B I R D Y


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02 Plot Summary

03 Academic Key: Vocabulary

03 Emotional Key: Relationship Skills

04 Conversation Starters

05 Journal Prompts


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plot summary

Nerdy Birdy likes reading, playing videos games and reading about video games.

He doesn’t have eagle’s impressively sculpted muscles, cardinal’s glossy red

pompadour or robin’s super worm vision. He is lonely until he finds a flock of other

nerdy birdies who also like World of Wormcraft and carry light sabers!

Then Vulture, a new bird with strange eating habits and enormous wings, moves

in. Will the other nerdy birdies accept her? Isn’t there always room for one more?

Together we discover how to show kindness to others and what it means to be a

friend.

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academic key

We selected this book for its vocabulary.

Children learn many words in context and with multiple exposures. In Nerdy Birdy,

kids will learn the the words scrounging (Birdy looking for breadcrumbs),

pompadour (the cardinal’s hair combed into a high mound) and enormous (the size

of the vulture’s wings). Don’t worry about teaching every last new word – focusing

on a few keeps kids learning and having fun.

"After all, there's always room

for another Nerdy Birdy!"

emotional key

We selected this text for relationship skills

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In this book, Nerdy Birdy doesn’t feel like he is as “cool” as the other birds. Then,

he meets a lot of new friends just like him. But when a new bird comes to town, the

other “nerdy birdies” don’t include her because she “weird.” Nerdy Birdy, who

knows what it’s like to be lonely, invites Vulture to play and accepts her differences.

This teaches us to be yourself and reach out to others.


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conversation starters

ACT IT OUT

Decide who will be Vulture and who will be Nerdy

Birdy and have fun playing together. Being silly is a

great way to demonstrate friendships. Feeling super

creative? Dust off a kiddie pool, line it with brown

butcher paper, rip up some cardboard boxes and hop

in your nest!

TALK IT OUT

Talking about books is a great way to boost story

comprehension and vocabulary.

Why did Nerdy Birdy feel excluded (left out)?

How did he find a group of friends?

What happens when Vulture comes to town?

What does this book teach us about friendship?

MAKE IT PERSONAL

Discuss what makes a good friend. Think about friends

with whom you share similar interests or activities.

Maybe you play family? Or superheroes? Think about

friends that are different from you. Do you friends

who like being messy? And others who always want to

be clean? Can you all still play together?

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journal prompt

Ask your child to draw his/her favorite part of the story. Some 4-year-olds will be

starting to use letter-like forms or use a letter they know over and over again. If a child

draws a scene with characters, consider adding a speech bubble as in the story.


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