Teaching Science through bird study

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Cornell Lab of Ornithology:  Teaching Science through bird study

Download the free resource, Feathered Friends, for a month-by-month curriculum geared towards helping you use birds in your teaching. This resource provides ideas and activities that are linked to what is happening during certain times of the school year. Activities for May are specifically dedicated to the nesting season. Students learn when, where, and why birds build nests, and what nests may look like.

BirdSleuth Explorer Guidebook in English OR BirdSleuth Explorer’s-Guidebook Spanish. This curriculum is designed for teachers (Grades 3-5) and for families to help get kids outside and enjoying their local parks and natural areas. Take kids on a habitat scavenger hunt, create a sound map, and test bird ID skills with this adaptable activity book designed to be used by families, school groups, and anyone looking for a fun way to connect to nature. Inspired by the federal Every Kid in a Park initiative and geared towards fourth graders, this step-by-step guide will help you explore our country’s diverse habitats and the birds that live there.

Bird Communication – The Cornell Lab of Ornithology BirdSleuth K-12; Exploring bird sounds and the meanings behind them.

Bird Sleuth K-12 – Life In A Nest: Exploring Life Cycles With Bird Cams. Activities that explore life cycles through streaming videos of nesting birds. The Cornell Lab of Orinthology.

Investigating Evidence  – Inspire investigations through outdoor observations and citizen science! Cornell Lab of Orinthology. Getting kids outside through citizen science is a great way to inspire curiosity and questions! This curriculum will help you turn these observations into investigations and encourage kids to draw their own evidence-based conclusions.

What Makes a Bird a Bird? – Introductory lesson. Teaches students to name the features that make birds unique and to identify three common bird species.

CUBs – Celebrate Urban Birds – Celebrate Urban Birds (CUB) is a year-round project developed and launched by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Its primary purpose is to reach diverse urban audiences who do not already participate in science or scientific investigation.

Environment for the Americans - Conservation, Community, & Diversity

Environment for the Americans – Conservation, Community, & Diversity

Environment for the Americans (EFTA)

EFTA strives to make bird conservation education available throughout the Western Hemisphere. Goals are to:

  • Serve as a network for the exchange of information about successful bird conservation education programs;
  • Motivate the public to become involved in bird conservation.
  • Free lessons materials in both English and Spanish- including fun games like “Go Bird Geo-Caching”
  • Dancing with Birds   Leavenworth’s Heather Murphy’s Bi-Cultural & Science Education Curriculum.  Developed for use in middle-school and high-school, this 6-page curriculum helps students by budgeting their time while they research interesting natural history and conservation needs of selected neotropical migratory birds.  Moving from birds, the student is directed to research the conservation needs of a Latin American country.  The popular Latin dance, representative of that country, is then researched bringing, the full package together.  The research developed by students can be put to use in further creation of art, posters, dance, and music.
International Migratory Bird Day 2017 poster

International Migratory Bird Day 2017 poster

International Migratory Bird Day teaching resources about bird migration

IMBD officially takes place the second Saturday in May for the U.S. and Canada, and in October for Mexico, Central/South America, and the Caribbean. But we recognize this date doesn’t work well for all bird events, bird festival organizers, or for migratory birds themselves. Birds don’t migrate on the same day. We remedied this problem by removing the month and day from our bird education and festival materials, leaving only the year. Now, every day is Bird Day and IMBD is celebrated year-round!  Examples of Lessons plans include BIrd cut-outs, a migration game, and more.