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Science - 4th Grade
Standard 5 Objective 4
Students will learn about specific bird characteristics and become more aware of the ecosystems that support each bird.
There are several agencies that have sets of binoculars available for checkout in many areas of the state. Some of these are:
Birds are a group of animals with very specific characteristics. They are warm blooded, have feathers and hollow bones, and lay eggs. All birds have wings, but not all birds fly. They all have beaks, but each type of bird has a different type of beak, depending on the kind of food it eats.
Common birds in Utah include the red-tailed hawk, barn owl, lark, robin, pinyon jay, magpie, and crow. There are also many other birds that live here, as well as the thousands that migrate through Utah on their journeys to warmer climates, or those returning north in the spring. This activity not only helps students learn about specific bird characteristics, but also make them more aware of the ecosystems that support each bird. Students will practice using binoculars and identifying various birds by color, size, and physical characteristics.
1. Use a Science Process and Thinking Skills
Pre-Assessment/Invitation to Learn
Play "What Am I?" to introduce this activity. Give descriptions of some locally common birds, one part at a time, and have the students try to guess what you are describing. Don't tell them that you are describing birds (e.g., "The chin is black," "The chest is yellow," "Favorite food is sunflowers," "Enjoys winter in South America").
Homework & Family Connections
Have students take home a handout so that they can teach their parents about birds.
Encourage families to practice proper behavior for bird watching together at home. Take a "quiet" walk and see how long they can go without talking. Sit and record ten things they hear in nature and ten things they hear that are manmade.
Have cooperative learning groups create posters of bird characteristics. Use a rubric that will outline information students need to have for their poster. Have each group share in the creating and presentation of the poster. Display them in the classroom.