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Students enjoy learning about the various birds in <a href="http://bookwizard.scholastic.c... for Lunch</i></a>, and making connections to birds in their own communities. Students also enjoy imitating the various bird calls featured in the book.<br>
- Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert
- watering can or hose
- chart paper
Students will "identify the ways in which an organism’s habitat provides for its basic needs (plants require air, water, nutrients, and light; animals require food, water, air, and shelter)." --Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework
Identify some birds that are native to your area and discuss the habitat they need to survive. Have a conversation about what kinds of adaptations can be made to create a habitat that would be appropriate for a local bird species. Use the chart paper to record the thoughts of students.
Using plants students have grown, or have come from a local nursery, create a garden. This might take place in a corner of the playground, in planters by the entrance to the school, or perhaps at a local library, town hall, or recreation center.
Plant seeds that will grow into plants helpful to native birds. Have students take these plants home to transplant.
Create a map of where the plants will be placed.
Buy some bird calls from a naturalist shop and have children try to identify the various calls. A crow call is particularly fun. Or try buying a recording of birdsong.
Lois Ehlert has an extensive list of picture books. Top Cat is another title with a cat theme.