BirdSleuth K-12 is an inquiry-based science curriculum that engages students in scientific observation and data collection.
Free Resources has six sections offering cross-curricular lessons, activities, webcams for observing birds, and more.
Feathered Friends Activities for elementary students provides monthly activities on bird biology, behavior, and identification. Downloads require registration. The current download covers September-May. ( PDF, 6.4 MB, 39 pgs.) Each month includes a Big Idea, learning objectives, classroom activities, take-home activity, facts, and book recommendation.
In the unit Investigating Evidence elementary students ask scientific questions, devise and test hypotheses, collect and organize data, and draw conclusions. Registration is required to download three PDFs: Resource Pages Investigating Evidence, Investigator’s Journal, and Teacher’s Guide.
Evolution in Paradise explores natural and sexual selection, behavior and heritability, and the nature of science with hands-on activities for students in grades 6-12. Resources include videos from the Birds-of-Paradise Project and a group of three lesson plans, Evolution in Paradise, that can be downloaed and printed.
- Birds-of-Paradise Project
- BirdCams, virtual bird watching at its best
- Project FeederWatch
- A Homeschooler’s Guide to Project FeederWatch
- eBird, a real-time, online bird checklist program. Birding observations are shared with others with this international network.
- Merlin Bird ID, a free app with images, audio, and maps for beginning and intermediate bird watchers. Merlin asks questions an expert birder would ask to identify birds. The app is available for IPhones and Androids. A web-based version is in the works for those of us who don’t own smartphones.
- All About Birds, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology