Ornithology Teacher Resources

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Ornithology is the study of birds, and young scientists do just that with an interesting science lesson plan. 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 lesson plan can be used to create an effective study of birds. 
For 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.
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.
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!
Seventh graders list the features of an ecosystem and identify local bird species.  In this bird lesson students work in groups to formulate a hypothesis and test their theory by collecting and analyzing data. 
Students 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.
In this online quiz instructional activity, students answer a set of multiple choice questions about animal behavior. Page includes links to ads, resources and answers.
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
Turn your learners into flocks of migratory birds for this fun lesson plan on animal migration. Prior to the activity, the teacher creates four different migration routes in the classroom or any available open space, labeling nesting areasnon-nesting areas, and stopover locations along each course. Children then travel the paths in small groups, stopping to perform specific tasks at each destination on their migratory journey. Following the simulation, learners research specific birds, mapping their migration routes and writing descriptions their annual trips. A great activity that provides a glimpse into the lives of migratory animals, making it an engaging supplement to an elementary life science unit.
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.
Here is a lesson 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Young scholars 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.
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.
Students explore the different types of vertebrates found in their area. In this environmental science activity, students perform a case study on the Common Raven. They analyze data collected from research and create charts and graphs.
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.
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.

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