With engaging, hands-on activities, and authentic scientific research opportunities, BirdSleuth is an ideal way to teach science content and the scientific process. Your students will be at the center of the action, making first-hand observations, collecting data, and sharing what they’ve found with real scientists. Count on us to support inquiry learning in your classroom… linked to the outdoors!
Our most sought-after kit, Most Wanted Birds, was developed and field tested with 4-8th grade teachers. The lessons and activities will help you cover key concepts such as diversity, scientific inquiry, and science process skills. You’ll find that the curriculum easily connects science to math and technology through the collection and submission of data to the free and easy to use eBird database. Through this citizen science participation, students get to practice as real scientists do, knowing the data they collect is readily accessible at school, at home, and to researchers at the Cornell Lab and around the world.
Because the kit is complete and easy to use, there is no need for extensive supplies or preparation. All you need is a computer and a few bird field guides for your class. Learn more about the BirdSleuth: Most Wanted Birds kit.
Also check out our newest kit, Habitat Connections! Our goal with the Habitat Connections curriculum is to directly connect young people with their local habitats in order to build their scientific and environmental literacy. This exciting kit addresses key science standards through school-based and outdoor experiences focused on birds and their habitat needs.
Our new self-paced course, Integrating Inquiry for Educators: Developing Student Science Practices, is designed to help educators explore the process of inquiry and scientific investigation, especially as inspired by outdoor observations and citizen-science participation. Our popular Investigating Evidence curriculum is the “textbook” for the course. There are six lessons in this course, each divided into a number of “topics.” The activities and readings within the topics will develop your concept of inquiry, explore citizen science as a tool to foster youth investigations, and give you new resources to use in your classroom or program.