What is a Bird?
In this activity students will compare characteristics of birds with characteristics of animals from other classifications. They will list the characteristics that are unique to birds.
The animal world is diverse.
Birds have unique characteristics.
Wings, Beak, Bill, Feathers
Cooperative Group procedures
Context for Use
Time: 20-25 minutes.
Pictures or models of birds, and pictures or models of non-bird animals.
Skills needed prior to activity:
Cooperative group skills
Oral speaking skils
Basic listing skills
This is an introductory activity for a unit on birds.
Resource Type: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity
Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Description and Teaching Materials
Materials: notebook for the recorder, pictures or models of birds, pictures or models of non-bird animals.
Students are placed into cooperative groups. The student in charge of materials picks out a model or a picture of a bird for his/her group. Group members work together to create a list of characteristics of a bird. These may be seen or unseen. The recorder lists the groups findings.
Student in charge of materials will next pick up a picture or model of a non-bird animal. Groups are instructed to analyze their list of bird characteristics and eliminate those characteristics shared with the non-bird animal. Reporters will share with the class those characteristics that remain on their lists.
Discussion with class follows concerning the differences and similarities between the groups' findings.
Teaching Notes and Tips
2.IV.D.2 variation among individuals of one kind in a population