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After this lesson, students will be able to:
- discuss and explain traits of birds and their adaptations
- explain how birds fly and reproduce
- describe why birds are important
1 - 1.5 hours
- Lab sheet with a bird outline, one for each student
- Set of bird flash cards (take index cards and glue images of several species of birds to them) or you can use the birds in Bird Flash Cards, one for each student group
- Monogamy/Social monogamy
- Beneficial biological control agents
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- Engage students with the topic by breaking them into small groups and have them brainstorm characteristics of birds, listing in notebooks.
- After 3-5 minutes have groups share their work and list on the board.
- Now start the lesson Birds: Traits, Types & Importance and give each student a lab sheet, instructing them to label parts of the bird as the lesson plays.
- Pause at 3:41and check sketches.
- Ask students to turn and talk to a partner discussing why birds have each of the five traits. Share answers as a whole group.
- Restart the lesson and pause at 7:53. Discuss:
- What adaptations do birds have for flight?
- What types of breeding practices do birds have?
- What are the differing ways birds care for their young?
- Now have students create a four-column chart titled 'Bird Adaptations' in their notebooks with the columns labeled 'Bird, Movement, Color, and Beak.'
- Divide students into small groups and give each a stack of bird flash cards.
- Instruct students to work together to list the names of birds in the 'Bird' column then record adaptations the bird has for how it moves, what color it is and what type of beak it has.
- When students are finished, review work together discussing each adaptation.
- Resume the lesson, and pause at 9:15 to discuss the importance of birds.
- Play the remainder of the lesson, then take the quiz as a whole group to check for understanding.
- Make bird feeders with students using pine cones, peanut butter and seeds, or purchase feeders to place near your classroom. Visit the feeders often to observe birds. Have students make a journal of the types of birds they see, what they eat, and other characteristics and adaptations.
- Take a trip to the local zoo or local aviary, or invite an ornithologist to speak to your students.
- Teach students about mammals using our lesson Mammals: Traits, Behaviors & Grouping, then have them compare and contrast mammals and birds.
- Apply and extend learning with our Bird Species & Order Flashcards.
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