Activity Introduction

magpie-heroQuick summary: Students use their observation skills and directed questioning to answer questions about birds and their location and motion.

Learning goals:

  • Students will answer questions about birds through observation.
  • Students will describe their location and motion.

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:

Year 1 Science

  • Participate in different types of guided investigations to explore and answer questions, such as manipulating materials, testing ideas, and accessing information sources (ACSIS025)
  • Compare observations with those of others (ACSIS213)

Year 2 Science

  • Participate in different types of guided investigations to explore and answer questions, such as manipulating materials, testing ideas, and accessing information sources (ACSIS038)
  • Compare observations with those of others (ACSIS041)

Syllabus OutcomesST1-4WS

General capabilitiesCritical and creative thinking.

Cross-curriculum prioritySustainability OI.2.

Topic: Biodiversity.

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – lead students in activity.

Resources required: Bird spotting eyes!

Keywords: birds, observation, location, motion.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation

Overarching learning goal: By participating in this activity students will answer questions about birds through observation, and will be able to describe their location and motion.

Teacher content information: To get students in the mood for their bird watching, you could watch this video (or one like it):

Amazing starlings murmuration (https://youtu.be/eakKfY5aHmY)

Student and classroom organisation

Bird watching rules

Students will need a code of behaviour if they are to observe birds. Birds become frightened and fly away when:

  • There are lot sudden sounds.
  • The bird sees something moving quickly e.g., a running child, hands waving around, a bouncing ball.
  • People get too close to the bird.
  • The birds are being pointed at with an arm stretched out.

With students, make a list of rules to reduce birds getting frightened and flying away.

Outdoor bird observation

In this activity the class uses a checklist to stimulate observation and awareness of birds

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