Lesson 4: Identifying Birds
The purpose of this lesson is to familiarize students with taxonomy and basic birding skills, including using binoculars, navigating field guides and identifying birds. The lesson begins with a discussion of taxonomy and the importance of naming or identifying birds. The students are introduced to both the binoculars and field guides before they go outside to conduct a bird binocular race. During the binocular race, students use binoculars and field guides to identify pictures of birds on laminated cards. If time permits, students can practice their skills on a bird walk around the schoolyard. They will use these birding skills in the next lesson where they will collect their first set of data for the bird biodiversity investigation.
Center for Urban Resilience, "Lesson Plan: Identifying Birds" (2021). Module 06: Urban Biodiversity. 22.