Mystery Science Bird Feeder Project

During our Science lesson students were given the task of designing a bird feeder out of recycled materials or unused crafty items  around the house to attract a specific type of bird to their feeder. Examples of these birds are: blue jay, gold-finch, cardinal, and woodpecker.

We watched videos of birds visiting feeders and looked at different types of bird feeders and features that attract birds to them. These provided students with some ideas to design their own bird feeder.

Students have a week (or longer if needed) to create a feeder for the bird they choose. They have the choice to make this at home or in the classroom!

Brayden R. and Daniela S. made the bird feeder & bird house a weekend project with the help of their dads!

MYSTERY SCIENCE #1 ANIMAL BIODIVERSITY

IN THIS LESSON WE WATCHED SEVERAL MYSTERY SCIENCE VIDEOS AND DISCUSSED WAYS SCIENTISTS CLASSIFY ANIMALS INTO GROUPS (BY SIZE, SHAPE, COLOR, STRIPES, SPOTS, BONES, OR NO BONES? DO THEY HAVE FEATHERS, FUR, OR SCALES? DO THEY LAY EGGS OR GIVE BIRTH LIVE? ETC.)

STUDENTS THEN WORKED WITH PARTNERS TO CLASSIFY PICTURES OF ANIMALS INTO FOUR DIFFERENT GROUPS: MAMMALS, BIRDS, INVERTEBRATES, AND REPTILES, INCLUDING SOME “CHALLENGE” ANIMALS LIKE THE PANGOLIN, HIPPOPOTAMUS, AND TARANTULA.  THEY SHARED THEIR FINDINGS WITH THE CLASS.

HAVE YOU FILLED A BUCKET TODAY?

THIS LESSON IS BASED ON THE BOOK BY TOM RATH AND DONALD O. CLIFTON, PH.D. HOW SIMPLE INTERACTIONS CAN POSITIVELY OR NEGATIVELY IMPACT SOMEONE’S DAY. WE ARE WORKING DAILY ON FILLING EACH OTHER’S BUCKETS WITH RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS AND COMPASSION. STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE TIME DURING THE DAY TO FILL EACH OTHER’S BUCKETS WITH POSITIVE NOTES OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND GRATITUDE!