Elementary educators who would like to share the joys of birdwatching with their students may want to add this lesson plan from Science NetLinks to their curriculum. This lesson, based on the book Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate, aims to "engage students in meaningful observation of the natural world by sketching common birds in their area." In this interdisciplinary, standards-aligned lesson (which was created with grades 3-5 in mind,) students are encouraged to think about and discuss their own experiences of observing birds alongside the book's educational and often humorous commentary. Discussion questions with page references are included, as are instructions for the accompanying sketching activity, suggestions for extension activities, and links to additional web resources such as All About Birds. In 2014, Look Up! was a winner of the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books.
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