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Teaching about Birds

Why teach about birds?

Studying birds provides a means for investigating and learning about the natural world and we believe that the students we educate today are the conservationists of today and tomorrow.

Birds are an obvious choice for study in schools because birds are all around us every day – in our schoolyards and backyards, on our footpaths and in our local parks and bushland.

Some years ago our Birdlife colleagues in Rockhampton, led by Allan Briggs, realised that studying birds also provides a way of achieving objectives in the Biological strand of Science in the Australian Science Curriculum. Inspired by this insight, we began pilot bird studies in two Brisbane primary schools between 2015 and 2018.

How do we teach about birds?

A basic teaching model that can be linked to the Australian Curriculum Outcomes for years 1 - 6

What resources can I use?

Programmes, including lesson plans and student activities, for achieving the outcomes in the Australian Science Curriculum for years 1 - 6

Use the drop menus to view the learning sequences for each year level.

Except where otherwise noted, text for individual bird species is the copyright of Richard Noske and licensed CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 International

Learning Sequences and related Student Activity Sheets are the copyright of Marie Bermingham and Val Catchpoole and licensed CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 International

All audio is used under Creative Commons licences as noted.

Except where otherwise noted, all illustrations are the copyright of Elissa Kimber, all rights reserved.

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