Step 1:

Introduce students to local birds and prepare for a bird walk

 

  • Select one of the habitats, on the left, that best matches a local habitat for taking a bird walk with your students.

  • Study photographs and videos of the 10 birds most commonly seen and heard there. 

  • View ID PowerPoint Video of common birds.

  • Study museum specimens of local birds from the Queensland Museum  to appreciate scale and distinctive features.

  • Give birdwatching tips about behaviour and use of binoculars during the bird walk.

  • Explain the aims of this bird study and how they will be assessed.

Learning sequences - select year level

 
Step 2

Take a bird walk

  • For younger students, this could be in the school playground, local park or recreations grounds.

For all ages, during the bird walk, encourage students to:  

 

  • use their eyes and ears to find birds.

  • record their sightings - in a notebook, as images, audio or video.

  • think about the behaviours observed.

  • ask questions about their observations.

Learning sequences - select year level

 
Step 3

Investigate more about local birds

  • All ages: Follow up discussion/reporting of observations from bird walk

  • Introduce more specific information for each year level. Some specific examples are:  

 

  • Year 1: Students investigate how the habitat meets the needs of the birds seen.

  • Year 3: Students compare observable features of birds seen.

  • Year 5: Students explore adaptations needed by the birds seen, to survive in the habitat.

Learning sequences - select year level

 
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Step 4

Undertake a research project about local birds

  • All ages: Students do further research either individually or in small groups (younger students).

  • Great places to start are the Birdlife Australia and the Birds in Backyards websites.

  • Year 1: Students match food and habitats to birds being studied.

  • Year 3: Students compare features of birds living in the same habitat and the reasons for this.

  • Year 5: Students investigate, in detail, features and adaptations of a local bird to its environment.

Learning sequences - select year level

 
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Share research findings for assessment

  • All ages: Students present their research findings for assessment. Some examples are:

  • Year 1: Students give their information via an oral presentation with a paper model of their bird.

  • Year 3: Students prepare a written journal of their research and give an oral presentation.

  • Year 5: Students prepare a detailed multimedia presentation to communicate their research findings.

Step 5

Learning sequences - select year level