This unit teaches children why there are not as many birds and insects outside during winter months. By providing a feeder for birds and participating in a Citizen Science Winter Bird Count, children will discover how birds survive in winter. Through video, maps, and interactive sites, they will also learn more about migration and why many birds migrate to warmer climates each year while some birds stay through the winter. In addition, this unit explains techniques that insects use to survive the winter, including how the Monarch Butterfly migrates. This unit is designed to last about one week, depending on how often you teach science.
You will need the following supplies:
|Mystery of Migration||(no rating)|
In the fall months, many birds migrate to a warmer climates before the cold days of winter arrive. This article explains why birds migrate, how they find their way, and common bird migration routes.
|Birds of Winter|
Although many birds migrate during the winter, some types of birds do not. Read about the birdsthat can be spotted outside during the winter months.
|Insects in Winter||(no rating)|
This Smithsonian website provides detailed information on where insects go in the winter.
|Migration of the Monarchs|
Click through this simple but beautifully produced slideshow to learn about the migration of monarch butterflies. You can also print the book to keep it in your records.
|Winged Migration||(no rating)|
Migration is a great mystery. This detailed site helps explain the whys and hows of migration.
|Winter Bird Watch|
Join a citizen science project and count the birds that visit your bird feeders.
|Pinecone Feeder||(no rating)|
During the winter, birds often must forage for food. By providing bird food for our winged friends in the winter, your child will be helping these creatures survive more easily.
|Insects in Winter Book||(no rating)|
Create a short book about insects in winter.
|Fly Like a Monarch||(no rating)|
What does it look like along the migration trail? Find out here and "Fly like a monarch butterfly" from Mexico to your hometown.
|Migration Coloring Book||(no rating)|
Print, color and learn with this online migration coloring book.
Click on your region of the U.S. to find photos of local migratory birds and maps showing their migratory paths during winter.
|Migration Route||(no rating)|
Play this fun online migration game to test your migration knowledge, build geography skills, and more!
|Bird Migration Video||(no rating)|
Watch this television excerpt about bird migration. You will learn why they migrate and how they migrate.
Visit this site to listen to the sounds of various migratory birds.
|Ant and the Grasshopper Fable||(no rating)|
Read the fable of the "Ants and the Grasshopper" to find out more about insects, like grasshoppers, in winter.
List of any helpful books, games, toys, kits, lapbooks, curriculum, etc., that may be purchased to enhance the learning experience: