Ornithology Teacher Resources
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Bird and Feather Features
Ornithology is the study of birds, and young scientists do just that with an interesting science activity. They identify the parts of a bird, realize that birds have different types of beaks, wings, and feet, and take a close look at bird feathers. Unfortunately, the worksheets mentioned in the plan are not found as attached files. Still, the ideas in the activity can be used to create an effective study of birds.
In this birds worksheet, students read a 2 page informational excerpt about birds and the study of birds, ornithology. They then use the information the learned to answer the 10 questions in the packet. The answers are located on the last page.
In a Class of Their Own
Students explore taxonomy and how birds are classified in this scientific system. They use this knowledge to create entries for a field guide to birds that can be used to identify different species.
Evaluating the Strength of Scientific Evidence: The Rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker
A happy discovery occurred in Arkansas in 2004: a woodpecker, believed to be extinct since the 1940s, reappeared! Or did it? Middle to high school ecologists examine scientific evidence and use critical-thinking skills to determine whether or not it is true. The handouts referenced in the lesson plan are not included, but there is enough material, plus many resource links, to make this exciting topic come alive in your environmental science class!
Ornithology and Real World Science
Double click that mouse because you just found an amazing lesson! This cross-curricular Ornithology lesson incorporates literature, writing, reading informational text, data collection, scientific inquiry, Internet research, art, and technology. Wow! This resource outlines everything needed to conduct fully integrated lesson about birds
For The Birds
Seventh graders list the features of an ecosystem and identify local bird species. In this bird activity students work in groups to formulate a hypothesis and test their theory by collecting and analyzing data.
Young scholars are introduced to useing websites as a data source. Using bird population predictions, they test their predictions from various websites. They record, organize and graph the data and share their results with the class.
Animal Behavior Quiz
In this online quiz worksheet, students answer a set of multiple choice questions about animal behavior. Page includes links to ads, resources and answers.
Here is an exciting exploration of a fascinating topic for your emerging ecologists: bird migration! They begin by visiting the US Fish & Wildlife Service website to discover which Arctic birds come to their areas. They are assigned one of those birds and sent off to do a bit of background research on it. They use an online distance calculator to discover how far that bird migrates and use critical thinking to predict what difficulties may lie along the path from one place to another. Though the lesson claims to be written for high schooler, it is easily adaptable to preteen groups.
Studying Birds in the Field
This is a well-designed science activity which helps students learn the behavior of different species of birds. Working with partners and in small team, students learn to scientifically observe birds.
Change or Adaptation
Students identify the adaptive forces in the life cycle of plants, animals, and humans, isolate and identify the role that change and adaptation play in extreme environments and research and write a short term paper using MLA citations.
Leonardo da Vinci: Creative Genius
Young scholars examine how Leonardo da Vinci exemplified the Renaissance period. They explore various websites, conduct Internet research, complete a chart, explore virtual da Vinci notebooks, and write an essay.
Along the Birdhouse Trail
Students set up and maintain birdhouses on the school grounds in an effort to witness and capture (through video and photos) the major stages in the life cycle of cavity-nesting birds.
Who Gives a Hoot?
Students look at owl migration and its impact on the environment and the food chain after reading an article from The New York Times. Students then apply this information to and research different food chain situations for other species of animals.
A Place for the Birds
Students reflect on bird migrations and develop a project to collect data on bird species from across North America to further investigate the ranges and migrations of common birds. They create a field guide of North American birds.
Here is a lesson plan designed to be an ongoing task for the entire year. Each day of the week, learners must perform research to answer a simple historical question. This particular lesson plan covers the month of April, but the template presented could be reproduced for each month of the school year. There is an answer key provided.
Connecticut Wildlife: Biodiversity and Conservation Status of Our Vertebrate Populations
Young scholars explore the different types of vertebrates found in their area. For this environmental science lesson, students perform a case study on the Common Raven. They analyze data collected from research and create charts and graphs.
Mankind's Fascination With Flight
Students read various novels and articles about the contributions of the Wright Brothers. Individually, they are tested on their comprehension of the material and discuss. In groups, they research the role of the people in their life and the mechanics of flight. They determine how work by other people such as Da Vinci and Langley helped make this dream of flying a reality.
Seasonal Cycles And Changes
Second graders recall the affect of direct and angled sunlight on the seasons, describe some results of warming soil and air in spring, predict the changes in buds when twigs are placed in water, and taste a product of tree sap and describe its making.
Earth's Heavenly Treasures: Hummingbirds
Students gain an understanding of the life, the size, the habitat, and the migration of the hummingbird. They gather data from the video and additional resources and compare the life of the hummingbird to other birds.