One of the most exciting things for me in the spring is when the birds come back and I can hear them chirping out my window. It is a reminder that life is coming back to the once cold earth and I am starting to see signs of it. The sounds almost feel like the earth is waking up. Birds are fascinating to study, and easy to attract to your yard. If you are a homeschool parent on a mission to teach a unit on any kind of bird, here are some great bird unit study resources.
Bird Unit Study Resources
Bird Lesson Plan Ideas:
For younger kids, these bird lessons from Cornell University are excellent. They are for kids k-4.
Eagles 4 Kids has a resource page with different lesson plans for studying eagles.
Bird Lapbooks and Printables:
Learn the state birds with these printables from Education.com. This could be used to create smaller unit studies within your larger bird one.
Bird Crafts and Tutorials:
Make Bird Feeder Treats to attract birds in your local area to your yard for observation.
Make a Nest Supply Center with the basic instructions listed on Free Kid's Crafts.
Bird Videos and Clips:
This video from Pendulum Swing Media is a great clip to show how birds fly.
The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center website has a huge video archive with many different kinds of bird videos to watch.
Additional Bird Resources:
Hawk Quest has an entire section on their site full of teaching resources from lesson plans for kids K-12 and a live camera section for bird cams.
The What Bird website has games for identifying birds as well as a game called Avian Sleuth that helps kids identify birds.
The Tuscan Audubon Society offers information as well as local to Arizona events for bird education for all ages.
Tools for Teaching about Birds:
Buy a birdhouse that will let you observe right at your window such as the My Spy Birdhouse. You and your kids will be able to watch birds nest and hatch up close!
If you prefer to build and decorate your own, here is a great birdhouse kit to do so.
Books for Teaching about Birds:
National Geographic Backyard Guide to Birds of North America by Johnathan Alderfer
National Geographic Kid's Bird Guide of North America by Johnathan Alderfer
Birds, Nests and Eggs by Mel Boring