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The Extinction and Rediscovery of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

For Teachers 5th - 8th
An incredibly thorough, and well-designed lesson teaches youngsters about the presumed extinction and rediscovery of the ivory-billed woodpecker in Arkansas. Learners discuss the environmental factors that led to the birds disappearance....
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Where Has It Been? Tracking the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

For Teachers 5th - 8th
By studying the assumed extinction, and subsequent rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, learners use maps and come up with a scenario for the rediscovery of the bird. This incredibly thorough lesson plan is chock-full of...
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Why Don’t Woodpeckers Get Concussions?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Woodpeckers withstand more than 4,000 Gs without getting a concussion, yet humans only withstand up to 300 without getting one. An eye-opening video explains the difference in anatomy between humans and woodpecker brains as part of a...
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Evaluating the Strength of Scientific Evidence: The Rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker

For Teachers 7th - 12th
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...
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The Responsibility of Preservation

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Upper elementary and middle schoolers study the case of the ivory-billed woodpecker, a bird that was once-thought to be extinct. Learners explore the responsibility of people to preserve habitats, and take care of the animals who live in...
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The Amazing Woodpecker

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this woodpecker worksheet, students read a 1 page passage titled The Amazing Woodpecker and answer multiple choice questions about it. Students answer 5 questions.
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Woodpecker Word Search

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this woodpecker word search, students use fourteen words in the word bank to find the letters in the word search about woodpeckers.
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Animal Signs--Woodpeckers & the Life Cycle of Trees

For Students 4th - 5th
In this animal signs worksheet, students look at 7 pictures of North American woodpeckers and identify the name of each one by some of their various common characteristics.
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Adjectives: Describe a Reindeer and a Woodpecker

For Students 1st - 3rd
In this adjectives worksheet, students analyze a picture of a reindeer and a woodpecker. For each picture, students write four adjectives and then use two of them in describing sentences.
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Woodpeckers and the Life Cycle of Trees

For Students 4th - 5th
In this woodpecker and the life cycle of trees worksheet, students are directed to an Internet site to identify pictures of 7 types of woodpeckers. 
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Into the Wilderness: Habitat vs. Development

For Teachers 5th - 8th
By studying the once-assumed extinction, then rediscovery of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, learners look at the physical changes that have occured in habitats throughout Arkansas. This outstanding lesson is chock full of terrific...
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Story Starters: Woodpeckers' Park

For Students 2nd - 4th
A great Earth Day and environment assignment, or even a basic creative writing lesson, this prompt helps students to begin the story of Woody and Woodruff, two woodpeckers who don't like litterers! Both a picture and an introduction can...
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What is a Woodland Habitat?

For Students 2nd - 3rd
In this habitat worksheet, students will complete a Venn diagram by comparing and contrasting an owl and a woodpecker found in a woodland habitat.
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Find the Birds

For Students K - 2nd
In this types of birds worksheet, students find and circle/highlight six different types of birds (robin, cardinal, woodpecker, wren, duck and sparrow) in a word search puzzle.
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How Is That Not Killing You?

For Students 9th - 12th
Humans lose consciousness at under 5 Gs, but woodpeckers experience deceleration forces of 1200 Gs without losing consciousness. How do woodpeckers survive? Video highlights three different animal adaptations that help them to survive in...
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Folktales of Zora Neale Hurston

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Do you know why woodpeckers have red heads? Why the possum has no hair on its tail? Why a cat has nine lives? Find out by downloading this resource that uses Zora Neale Hurston's collection Mules and Men as the basis of a study of...
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Meet One Picky Bird

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students complete a research project  In this endangered species lesson plan, students use the "Think, Puzzle, Explore" method to learn about endangered species. Students research and write a report on the red-cockaded woodpecker.
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Birds Word Search

For Students 4th - 5th
For this student-made birds word search worksheet, students locate forty-five bird names hidden in a puzzle. They finds words such as buzzard, mockingbird, pelican, sparrow, thrush, and woodpecker.
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A Tree is an Ecosystem

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students make observations about trees. In this ecosystem lesson, students observe and record all living and non living things they find under a tree, look for birds nests, evidence of woodpeckers and take samples such as leafs, bark,...
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Learning About Birds

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students look in their science book and the Internet to find information about the different types of birds such as wrens, robins, woodpeckers, sparrows, hummingbirds, and others and take notes. They then write a paper on the types of...
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Birds Word Search Puzzle

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this types of birds word search learning exercise, students will find and circle 44 names of birds. Words include swallow and woodpecker.
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The Twits - The Furniture Goes Up

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Work gets done faster when people work as a team. The ninth installment of an 11-lesson unit designed to accompany The Twits by Roald Dahl combines character education with research skills and creative writing activities. The lesson ends...
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Fitting In

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Birds help other birds find food? Scholars are placed into one of five groups of different birds. Each group then "feeds" on letters of paper in a field and gather five pieces per person. As each group plays, more food is exposed,...
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Fish and Wildlife in America

For Teachers 8th
Some of the details of the use of wildlife as food and crop resources are given at the beginning of this slideshow. Next, the historical problems with wildlife are explained, as are some mistakes that have been made leading to extinction...

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