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Migration of the Neo-Tropical Songbirds
Description Goals and Objectives Grade Level: Grade 5
This is a modification of a lesson plan created by CAoS! (Chicago Academy of Sciences). Credit is fully given to the creator of the activity, Mr. Ken Rose

I have modified the plan, and highlighted my modifications, thus noting changes that would apply to my students.

It is a plan that integrates math, with plotting locations of the songbirds, it incorporates social studies. Students will be looking at a map of the Western Hemisphere and plotting the course(math) of the songbirds on their migration pattern from South America to North America.
Students will create data charts, interact with Smart Technologies "Smartboard" and work in collabortive groups to see if their are patterns in the song birds' migration.
The goal of this activity is to show students how to use technology in the form of Google Earth satellite imagery, and plot the migration of something from one place to another.
Students are to work collaboratively in this technology "hands" on activity.
Content Areas Type:
South Carolina: Science, math, social studies Science-Social Studies - Technology Integration
5 40-minute class periods
Skills Addressed File Resources Available Related Topics & Resources
working collaboratively
knowledge of how to interact with Smartboard touch technology
map reading
plotting graphs
understanding directions of travel

Lesson Plan with links and a great deal more detail in MS Word .doc or PDF

Pull any visual references relating to the songbird and its migration, magazines, books. Check the internet for video related to their migration. Find posters or other illustrations
Bookmark websites for kids that talk about plotting graphs and understanding maps
Keep track of the standards you are covering for this lesson.
Make copies of the data sheets and Western Hemisphere map for each group - even though you will have a large map(if you do not have Promethean or Smartboard access)
After the plotting has been done, students will share their findings, and we will make a large graph on the Smartboard showing the path that each bird's group took during the migration.
Each group will submit a plot, then we will have discussions about what was observed.
Notes about the Lesson Non-Digital Materials Needed Digital Materials Needed
1. Create a survey before you begin the unit to find out what they might already know about birds migrating, reading a map, plotting, western hemisphere, following directions when traveling.
2. Brainstorm the various kinds of birds they know and ask if they can identify them, their location or habitat.
**I teach art, and this would not have strategies that I would use in art, but it would be a plan as an "integration" where we would make connections between visual arts and science. This is planned for elementary school use.
I have modified the lesson plan originally created by Ken Rose of CAoS(Chicago Academy of Science)
Books, magazines, educational online videos, charts, paper, pencils, crayons, markers Smart Technology Smartboard, LCD projector, Laptop, access to the internet and Google Earth
Created By: Thanks to the original creator, Ken Rose, who was associated with the plan as found with the group CAoS(Chicago Academy of Sciences) Date: 16:3:44 2007-10-7


Virus Scanned: Yes
Ideas for Extensions: Keep the theme migration and have students research the origins of their families and plot that information on a graph and use Google Earth to locate the state(s) where their families are from.