Birds
Overview & objectives: Students will learn about wetland birds, their physical and behavioral adaptations.
Rotation 1Rotation 2Rotation 3
WHEREOutsideClassroomClassroom
WHO7th & 8th Graders7th & 8th Graders7th & 8th Graders and Teacher
MATERIALSMigration situation cards
Sidewalk chalk
Wetland Bird Species Cards with string for students to wear.
Origami paper
Pre-made origami wetland with various common wetland birds and plants
Wetland Bird Slideshow
ACTIVITIESStudents play game to simulate bird migration. The Game is similar to “Red Light/Green Light”. Students jump from one circle drawn on the ground to another. Certain circles require a student to take and read out a situation card and act out the situation. In playing, students learn common problems birds face when migrating, as well as many human effects on bird migration. Students look at an origami model of a wetland.
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NGSS Alignment
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Earth Science
ESS1.A The universe and its stars
ESS1.B Earth and the solar system
ESS1.C The history of planet Earth
ESS2.A Earth materials and systems
ESS2.B Plate tectonics and large-scale system interactions
ESS2.C The roles of water in Earth’s surface processes
ESS2.D Weather and climate
ESS2.E Biogeology
ESS3.A Natural resources
ESS3.B Natural hazards
ESS3.C Human impacts on Earth systems
ESS3.D Global climate change
Life Science
LS1.A Structure and function
LS1.B Growth and development of organisms
LS1.C Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms
LS1.D- Information Processing
LS2.A-Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
LS2.B - Cycles of matter & Energy transfer in Ecosystems
LS2.C - Ecosystem dynamics, functioning & resilience
LS2.D Social interactions and group behavior
LS3.A-Inheritance of Traits
LS3.B - Variation of Traits
LS4.A - Evidence of common ancestry
LS4.B - Natural Selection
LS4.C Adaptation
LS4.D Biodiversity and humans
Physical Science
PS1.A Structure of matter (includes PS1.C Nuclear processes)
PS1.B Chemical reactions
PS2.A Forces and motion
PS2.B Types of interactions
PS3.A Definitions of energy
PS3.B Conservation of energy and energy transfer
PS3.C Relationship between energy and forces
PS4.A Wave properties
PS4.B Electromagnetic radiation
PS4.C Information technologies and instrumentation