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National Wildlife Federation, Eco-Schools USA


3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Biology

Resource Type

  • Activity - Classroom

Regional Focus

North America



Bird Watching Activity

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  • This activity outlines how to identify birds around homes in North America.
  • The activity includes a short informative introduction and questions to help students conduct further research on their findings.
Teaching Tips


  • The activity is well laid out and easy to follow, so it is a suitable homework task for all ages.
  • The activity is open-ended, so it is easy to differentiate for all age groups.

Additional Prerequisites

  • There is vocabulary included in the activity that could need to be taught before sending the activity home, especially for younger students.


Scientist Notes
Climate change has endangered bird species, threatened some to migrate, and placed others on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Bird species have gradually reduced in number in North America. This resource also contains bird identifiers to guide students to observe the most common bird species through a birdwatching activity. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • 3-LS4-2 Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.
      • 3-LS4-4 Make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem caused when the environment changes and the types of plants and animals that live there may change.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.3-5 Explain different strategies and approaches students and others could take in working alone and together to address local, regional, and global problems, and predict possible results of their actions.
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