This winter, BirdSleuth is giving away 30 Habitat Connections kits to classroom teachers in Florida thanks to our sponsors Ecological Associates, Inc. Are you interested? Tell us a bit about yourself, your class, and why you would like a Habitat Connections kit to use next spring.
Who’s Eligible? We are looking for 3-8th grade classroom teachers in Florida that can use the Habitat Connections lessons described below in their classroom. We will select winners on Monday, December 7, 2015. If you are selected, you will receive a 1.5 hour online training mid-December. Upon completion, your free kit will arrive in the spring just in time for classes! Be sure to complete all the activities, including Lesson 7; we ask that all selected teachers inspire others by sharing their work on our BirdSleuth Action Map.
To apply for a kit:
Please complete our online survey. Application deadline is Monday, December 7, 2015. We will notify winners Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Thanks to our sponsors Ecological Associates, Inc for providing this wonderful opportunity!
There are seven lessons in the curriculum, designed to be easy to follow and implement. Each includes concise learning objectives, background reading, reflection and evaluation questions, and teaching slides (a Powerpoint file on a USB drive) to help you. The lessons were field tested by 3-8th grade teachers, and are tied to the NGSS and Common Core Standards!
- Habitat Investigation: Students learn about the habitat needs of birds, then go outside to map the habitat in their schoolyard. These maps can be used to participate in Habitat Network, a citizen-science project.
- Migration Obstacles: Students run a migration obstacle course to actively experience some of the challenges that migrating birds face.
- Bird Survivor: Students discover the life cycle of birds and the challenges that nesting birds face by playing a “Bird Survivor” game. They are invited to take action by participating in the NestWatch citizen-science project.
- To Migrate or Not: Students learn about the costs and benefits of migrating or staying in one area all year through a demonstration, and then do research on individual birds.
- Scientist in Action: Students are introduced, through videos, to a scientist who studies migrating Hudsonian Godwits. They learn about the scientific process and the nature of science by examining his work.
- Modeling Migration: Students look at animated bird-distribution maps created using citizen-science data, and discover the value of models in understanding where bird species are located throughout the year. They are invited to take part in the eBird citizen-science project and explore eBird data.
- Improve Your Bird Habitat: Through mapping and planning habitat improvements in their schoolyard or another open area, students learn about the importance of small-scale habitat management and discover the characteristics of green spaces that create good habitat for birds.