Activity Introduction

Have you ever watched a bird fly? Isn’t it just amazing! You’re going to use your eagle eye to observe some birds, thinking about what they do and how they move. Then you’ll have a chance to imagine what it’s like to be a bird and why they do what they do. 

Safety advice: In this activity you might be going outside and standing or sitting in one spot where you will look around and identify as many colours as you can. Before heading outside check with your parents/caregivers if there are any rules for being outside that you need to know about. They may decide it’s best to come with you.

This activity is a great one to do together as a family. Younger kids will need support to complete this activity.

Ideal for: Lower Primary Ages 5 – 8

Themes: 

  • investigate 
  • fresh air 

Time required: 20-30 minutes

Curriculum connections: Science, Critical and Creative Thinking

Tips for Parents and Carers

When completing an activity like this with kids, it can be useful to use additional prompts around what you’re doing to deepen the experience for kids. Prompts you could use include:

  • Why do you think that? Tell me more about that.
  • What does this make you think about?
  • What information is new to you?
  • What questions do you have about this?
  • What did you find interesting or important about this?

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

Bird watching

Resources Required

Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

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

Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Get Into Birds - Activity Instructions

Have you ever watched a bird fly? Isn’t it just amazing! You’re going to use your eagle eye to observe some birds, thinking about what they do and how they move. Then you’ll have a chance to imagine what it’s like to be a bird and why they do what they do. 

Safety advice: In this activity you might be going outside and standing or sitting in one spot where you will look around and identify as many colours as you can. Before heading outside check with your parents/caregivers if there are any rules for being outside that you need to know about. They may decide it’s best to come with you.

Step 1. Find a good spot where you will be able to observe some birds. Then spend some time just watching the birds. Watching a bird fly is a wonderful thing to do: see how they duck and weave and swoop and glide.

Next take a look at the Bird Observation Checklist and see if you can find a bird doing some of the activities described on this table. Add a tick or

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