Module 6:

After completing this module, you will be knowledgeable about:

  • Certain distinctive features that make birds unique as living organisms;
  • Specific morphological features that can separate animals into different taxonomic groupings even when they appear similar;
  • Birds different morphologies that have evolved to help them attain food;
  • Not all birds fly and that not all flying creatures are birds;
  • The flight mechanisms of different animals and how they may differ widely;
  • Different birds eat different food;
  • Different birds live in different habitats;
  • Habitat can be both spatial and temporal;
  • Changing your backyard can make it more appealing to different types of birds;
  • Climate change has already affected many different kinds of birds;
  • Continued climate change will affect many more birds as habitat changes;
  • You can build nest boxes that can attract different types of bird;
  • You can use bird feeders to attract birds to your backyard;
  • You can identify birds based on their songs;
  • You can identify birds by visual inspection;
  • You can predict what birds could be present by understanding their migratory habits and their habitat preferences.

Upon completing this module, you will have all the information and tools you need to create your own activities and lesson plans. Activities and lessons plans that you can create based on the material covered in this module are also aligned to Montana state educational standards. Unless otherwise noted, the benchmarks listed are for the end of grade 4. View a complete description of benchmarks, grade level expectations and how this module aligns with each here (pdf): Birds Standards & Benchmarks.


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The MSP project is funded by an ESEA, Title II Part B Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant through the Montana Office of Public Instruction. MSP was developed by the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program and faculty from Montana Tech of The University of Montana and Montana State University, with support from other Montana University System Faculty.