Objective: The children will learn that birds gather many materials to make their nests in the spring.
Birds’ nests are natural wonders with a complex design. Many layers are woven, and each layer has a special purpose. The nest is a place where birds keep their eggs and their young hatchlings protected. A bird’s primary concern when building its nest is safety from predators. Birds use materials to help camouflage their nests. They will use any readily available materials when building their nests, such as twigs, leaves, animal fur, spider webs, moss, feathers, string, and pieces of paper. When the young birds are old enough to leave the nest, the nest becomes deserted.
Not all birds lay their eggs in a nest. Some birds lay their eggs right on the ground. Birds such as ostriches, many ducks, and most shore birds lay their eggs in shallow depressions in the soil called scrape nests. Other birds, some owls for example, lay their eggs in a crevice on a boulder or cliff. Certain other birds, like cuckoos, the black-headed duck, and the brown-headed cowbird, lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, resulting in foster parenting of the chicks.
Baby Bird’s First Nest by Frank Asch
The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend
The Best Nest by P. D. Eastman
In My Nest by Sara Gillingham
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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