Birds on the Brain: Make a Lesson Out of Birdsong

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This time of year we all have birds on the brain. After a cold, quiet winter, we’re treated to a bounty of birdsong in the spring! But what exactly are those birds saying to each other? Are they discussing baseball? Probably not. Their voices sound like songs to us, but they’re actually conveying important information.

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Birds make sounds to attract mates, warn of danger, protect their territory, and let other birds know where there’s food. Head outside in the early morning hours–what do you hear? How many different birds are singing? How are their songs different? How are they similar?

Children are naturally better at identifying bird songs than adults (maybe because they’re not as distracted!) and love to try to match the bird with the sound. Learning about the world of birds requires making connections, collecting and analyzing data, and using your imagination, memory, and deductive reasoning skills. Try these activities for a lesson on birdsong!

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For students, looking at and listening to the natural habitats around themĀ is a terrific way to make connections and learn about the world. Happy Spring!