National Bird Day is an annual observance in the United States that promotes awareness and appreciation for birds and their conservation. It is celebrated on January 5th and aims to educate people about the importance of birds in our ecosystem and their role in maintaining the balance of nature. This day also highlights the need to protect birds and their habitats from threats like habitat loss, pollution, and climate change.

Learning about birds in elementary school can be an enjoyable and educational experience for children. Through this printable activity, children can learn about why birds are birds, the different types of birds, their habitats, diet, and behaviours. This activity can help children develop an appreciation for birds and an understanding of their role in the ecosystem.

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Printable & Activity Objectives

Age: 8 to 9 year olds, Activity Time: 3-4 hours, Items Needed: Writing and colouring pencils

In this activity, your child will develop an appreciation for birds and their importance in the ecosystem through a series of creative, observation and research-driven activities.

It will help your child or student:

  • Learn about the basic characteristics of birds.
  • Encouraging scientific inquiry: Studying and researching about birds can be a gateway to learning about science, including animal behaviour, ecology, and conservation.
  • Develop observation skills - Observing birds in their natural habitats can help children develop their observation skills, which is an important aspect of scientific inquiry.
  • Understand biodiversity: Learning about different birds can help children understand the concept of biodiversity and how different species contribute to the health and balance of our ecosystems.

Classroom Resources

Simple steps to start:

  • Research and find out more about the origin of birds and how they are classified. Here's an interesting video about the prehistoric cousins of the modern day bird:

Here's a comprehensive introductory video about birds:

Here's an animated video why some birds are not able to fly:

  • Get started on the printable worksheets!

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What's in the Printable Worksheet Pack

This printable project based learning (PBL) pack consists of 8 printable worksheets for your students or children to kick-off their study of birds. Here's what it consists of:

  • 1 Key Characteristics of Birds Quiz and Colouring Sheet.
  • 1 Native Bird Research Sheet.
  • 1 Local Bird Research and Observation Survey Sheet.
  • 4 Bird Research Sheets (African Ostrich, Long-eared Owl, Indian Peafowl and American Flamingo)
  • 1 Bird Research Sheet (Template)

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