Internet Hunts
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Wetlands Study Unit
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Problem/Project Based Learning
Water & Watershed Study Unit
Bluebirds Project

North American Birds of Fields, Fencerows and Meadows

American Goldfinch

Red-Winged Blackbird

Bobwhite quail | NA Quail

Eastern Kingbird

Northern Cardinal


Horned lark

American Crow

Red-Tailed Hawk

Eastern Bluebirds | Bluebirds Project

Song Sparrow

Screech Owl

Eastern Meadowlark


Rufus - sided Towhee Hummingbirds Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter
American Robin Purple Martin  

tablr Use a table to develop a facts sheet about these birds.
Make a table in a word processing document. (Think ahead - how many rows and columns are needed?)
Enter eight (8) meadow bird species down the left side - one in each row.
Select bird species that can be found in your region/state.
Include your state bird as the 9th bird.

Label each column with a question/fact.
Enter the answer to the question in the appropriate cell. Complete sentence answers are not necessary.

right arrow Some birds stay in an area year round. Some nest in one region and have a different winter range.

Which birds winter in your area? Which nest in your area? Is it a year round resident?

Suggested column label: year round, breed, winter.

right arrow Birds nest in different places. They use many different materials to make their nests.

Describe Materials and location of each bird's nest. Example: Puffin - seaweed/oceanside burrow

right arrow Precocial or Altricial

right arrow For each species: Do the male and female birds look the same or different?

right arrow What kind of bill or beak does the bird have?

right arrow What does this bird eat? seeds, flowers/leaves, insects, reptiles, birds, mammals (Diet)

right arrow Is the species nocturnal, diurnal or crepuscular?

right arrow Is the bird a Predator or prey or both?

right arrow How does this bird depend on or need the field or meadow habitat?


green question Form some conclusions based on your data on these birds.

Explain how you have come to these conclusions.


Mystery Bird Challenge - ID that bird

 checkmark Emergence - How does the "intelligence" of an ant colony or the stock market arise out of the simple actions of its members?

Fields, Meadows, and Hedgerows: Habitat / Mammals / Birds / Insect - Butterflies / Trees & Plants - Milkweed / Conclusion

Screech Owl Activity / Bats are our Buddies / Food Web Activity / Digital Science Journal / Life Cycles

School Habitat Garden Project / Ecology Vocabulary Exercise / EcoCommunity Status in your state | Fields, Meadows photos

Wildflowers info | Water and watershed studies | Plants and People

Environmental Education Curriculum in Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania HS Envirothon

Internet Hunts / Puzzles and Projects / Problem based Learning / Civics & History / Habitat Garden / Computers / Nature / Home

Updated 10/2008 Posted 9/08 by Cindy O'Hora

"People can often learn about things around them by just observing those things carefully, but sometimes they can learn more by doing something to the things and noting what happens. Describing things as accurately as possible is important in science because it enables people to compare their observations with those of others.

Tools such as thermometers, magnifiers, rulers, or balances often give more information about things than can be obtained by just observing things without their help."1

1 Science NetLinks Benchmark 1- Nature of science - How science works

tree icon Save a tree - use a digital answer format - Highlight the text of the title, directions and questions. Copy the text. Paste it in a word processing document. Save the document in your folder. Answer on the word processing document in an easily read, contrasting color or font. (No yellow, avoid artistic fonts like: Symbols, broad font, blackmoor, & dear font fonts). Save frequently as you work. Make Your Own Printed answer sheet

The goal of this web project is to inform people through research while employing higher order thinking skills. This study unit encourages the use of free Internet information resources. Activities develop writing, information literacy, technology and mathematics skills. The resources posted here may be freely adapted or modified to meet each student's unique skills or interests.