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Let’s talk about the birds and the…birds
Learn more about the fascinating world of birds with these self-guided resources.
EBIRD EXPLORERS – The Cornell Lab has created extensive birding curriculum for k-12 students. In addition to for-purchase curriculum kits, the Cornell Lab offers a variety of free resources, activities, and lessons. Activities also available in Spanish.
- Building Literacy Through Nature – Build literacy by learning about local bird habitats through this series of free lessons and activities for students grade k-2. Check out Cornell Lab’s other free resources for students grade k-2.
- Discover Schoolyard Birds – Hone birding identification skills through these free lessons and activities for students grade 3-5. Check out other free resources for students grade 3-5.
- Biodiversity Detectives – Investigate the wide world of biodiversity through these free lessons and activities for students grade 6 & up. Check out other free resources for students 6 & up.
Games & Activities
AUDUBON FOR KIDS – Weekly activities brought to you by the National Audubon Society. The activities aim to not only help students learn more about birds but “to explore and feel connected to the natural world”.
BIRDS AND WORMS – In this fun outdoor activity for all ages students will discover the value of camouflage as they pretend to be birds searching for worms. A family activity by the Project Learning Tree.
BIRD BEAK ADAPTATION ACTIVITY – Learn about the different shapes of bird beaks using items from around the house, activity by STEM activity blog, PinkStripeySocks. Watch this activity in action with the Friends of the Rainforest’s BIRD BEAK CHALLENGE video.
Arts & Crafts
MAKE A NEST – Make a bird nest using playdough and items found in the garden.
HAND PRINT BIRD – Try your hand at creating your own bird! Place it in your window to help birds watch where they’re flying.
HOW TO DRAW A CHICKADEE – Easy step-by-step instructions on how to draw a common backyard sight, the chickadee, by David Sibley.
Videos & More
WHAT DO NESTS LOOK LIKE? – Take a look at at some of the different types of nests birds can make in this beautiful 1-minute video by Nature on PBS’s YouTube Channel. Then, watch no small feat as a HUMMINGBIRD BUILDS TINY NEST.