Build a Bird Feeder to Discover What Animals Need
- List at least three basic needs of animals and apply that knowledge to birds.
- Design and build a bird feeder that meets the basic needs of a bird.
In this lesson, each student will create a bird feeder from recycled, bird-safe materials. While designing their own bird feeders, students will discuss what basic needs an animal has and how they can meet these needs with the structure they build.
NGSS AlignmentThis lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
Photo of household materials that can be used to build and decorate a bird feeder. Pictured is an empty plastic milk jug, glue, yarn, colored feathers, colored popsicle sticks, scissors, wooden dowels, tape, paintbrushes, seashells, pebbles, tree bark, paint, stickers and bird seeds.
60 minutes + potential bird observation days
Area of Science
Animals' basic needs, survival
Svenja Lohner, PhD, Science Buddies
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