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Thinking About Birds with the New Jersey State Bird


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A series of slides that lead third grade students through thinking about the New Jersey state bird.

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  • I use this flipchart as part of a bigger project with my third grade computer class. It is intended to help them read a web page for information. The project is on this wiki page: http://smsteacher.wikispaces.com/ppt3aboutbirds It includes the use of PowerPoint, KidPix, and Kidspiration. The students practice speaking before their peers as they share their completed presentation.
  • These slides are from a Promethean Activboard flipchart. If you do not have voting devices, you can let students hold up A to F on a whiteboard or use another method. Set the stage by seeing if the state bird's name stands out for the third grade students.
  • This is an image of our New Jersey state bird the Eastern Goldfinch.
  • The students should evaluate what most birds do not have based on different birds they have seen in nature, on tv, in zoos, or in books.
  • These are some birds listed in the first multiple choice question. Students can circle the wings on the birds in the picture red, the feathers yellow, the hair purple, the beaks blue, the legs green, and the tails pink. Does the penguin have a tail? How can we find out? Does the ruffled grouse have wings? Why does every photo have a message next to it? Creative Commons is a way to share photos and tell people in advance how they can use the photo. All these photographers say the photo can be shared without asking as long as we give their name (Attribution). One photographer wants my work shared like his is if I put it online (ShareAlike). If the photographer didn't put their name online, I used their nickname.
  • Ask the students to look at a picture of the state bird and try to guess what food it would eat.
  • The Eastern Goldfinch eats seeds. A hummingbird eats nectar. How does its beak make that easier? A pelican eats fish. How does its beak make that easier? A barn owl eats rats. How does its beak make that easier? How is the Eastern Goldfinch's beak different from the barn owls?
  • Students can try to decide where they would find a nest for the Eastern Goldfinch.
  • The students can share if they have seen a barn swallow living in a building, a hawk on a cliff, a duck at the edge of a pond or a nest like the goldfinch in a tree.
  • Show the students using items around the room, rulers, or the measure between fingers AFTER the vote for four inches, twelve inches, four feet, and one half inch.
  • Next week, we will use Little Explorer's Picture Dictionary and a printout to check all of our answers.
  • Thinking About Birds with the New Jersey State Bird