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The bird-watching activity is a great first step toward getting students outside observing and learning. Students erect a platform birdfeeder and create a viewing center to be able to observe the birds without disturbing them. They watch and identify the birds that visit the feeder and record what each species eats. Through their observations they identify different bird adaptations and habits. They collect their data in journals and include details such as the name of the species, date, time of day and the differences and similarities among the birds.
The lesson offers an easy-to-implement activity which provides an outdoor learning experience as well as an interesting way to learn about birds and their adaptations. The activities support science and language arts outcomes for grades 4 to 10.
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