Information About This Unit

List of Materials and Supplies Needed for This Pathway:

  Bird Walk:

  • Notebook and pencil
  • Field guide
  • Binoculars

Bird Bath Project:

  • Metal garbage can
  • Four bricks
  • Frisbee
  • String

Bird Feeder Projects (note: several different feeders can be made)

  • Bird seed
  • String
  • Large, plastic bleach bottle or milk jug
  • Milk carton
  • Pencil
  • Paint
  • Pine cone
  • Peanut butter or honey
  • Two plastic lids
  • Doughnut
  • Potato chip can

Bird Nest Craft:

  • Brown lunch bags
  • Glue
  • Nesting materials such as sticks, grass, leaves, and paper

Feathers Experiment:

  • Feathers (found or from a craft store)
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Magnifying glass



  • Basic printer supplies
  • Paper
  • Pencil, crayons or markers
Links to Related Pathways (if any):

The Nature Journal created in the Science Year 1, Week: Nature Detective Pathway is used in the Plants and Animal Nature Walk in this unit. If you did not create the journal, you can either purchase a notebook to use or create the journal in this unit.

Links to Free Learning Material

Audio (2).pngFree Online Audio: 

Listen to Bird Song

The Burgess Bird Book for Children Audio Book (no rating)

The Burgess Bird Book for Children is a zoology book written in the form of a story. The story features Peter Rabbit, who learns about the birds of North America from his friend, Jenny Wren.


Supplemental Materials

List of any helpful books, games, toys, kits, lapbooks, curriculum, etc., that may be purchased to enhance the learning experience:

Birds, Birds, Birds! (An Indoor Birdwatching Field Trip)  (DVD and Guide)

Use the WorldCat Library Network to see if a library near you has any of these three books: Peterson First Guide to Birds of North America, About Birds: A Guide for Children, or How Do Birds Find Their Way?.


Any field guide can be used to identify birds. One is available online, but sometimes books are more convenient. Try one that is specific to your region!


Subjects: Science
Grade Levels: 1st Grade
Resource Type: Lesson
Instructional Method: Traditional
Special Needs: Kinesthetic Learner