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ACTIVITY 4:BIRD CLASSIFICATION AND BEHAVIOR

Assign the students to observe bird behavior on their own.  The assignment is to keep a bird observation journal.  The observation period is for any five days of one week.  In the journal, the student will:

(a)Identify birds as Bird A, Bird B, Bird C, etc.

(b)Identify bird type.

(c)Sketch the birds observed.

(d)Note all identifying features given in the bird observation checklist used on the class bird walk.  

(e)Include the following information:

(1)Date

(2)Time of observation

(3)Weather conditions

(4)Location of observation

(f)Use the Bird Type Reference Sheet (original following this section) to identify bird type.

(g)A paragraph will be written for EACH bird observed.  

(1)The paragraph will begin with the sentence:

"By watching Bird ___, I learned...".  

(2)The paragraph will end with the sentence, "I believe the bird I observed is a ____________."

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