Science Investigator’s Kit for Homeschoolers
BirdSleuth: Science Investigator’s Kit for Homeschoolers is a curriculum created especially for homeschoolers who want to get outside to observe nature and build science skills. A ready-to-go resource, the lessons propel your child to consider the local environment through creative thinking, the scientific processes, and citizen science.
With this curriculum, students participate in bird counts and submit their findings online to the Project FeederWatch nation-wide database. The opportunity to share data with scientists provides kids an extra incentive to collect good data because they know their data is supporting professional scientists.
To teach kids effective observation and questioning skills, the curriculum consistently encourages students to critically think about the tasks they are doing and to keep a journal while observing birds in their habitat. This kit was designed especially for young readers (grades 2-4) but is easily adaptable for older and younger siblings who want to join in.
With the Science Investigator kit activities, young people are invited to…
- Learn about habitat, diversity and the scientific process through a series of hands-on, inquiry-based science lessons.
- Observe feeder birds and submit their data through the Project FeederWatch citizen-science program.
- Ask and investigate their own biology questions.
Parents recieve a variety of helpful resources to teach science content through hands-on, engaging lessons:
- Lesson plans, student journals, and a resource guide that make learning through inquiry easy and fun!
- A CD-Rom that includes informative slide shows, videos, and printable resources.
- Two useful books: a field guide to backyard birds, created especially for young naturalists, and a bird log journal for recording birding experiences.