“I was bored, really, really bored” writes Frank Glew in his book That Chickadee Feeling. This book serves as our inspiration for getting students outside, connecting with nature and trying to feed chickadees. In this program, students will observe birds and other animals in their natural habitat to investigate and compare how different species meet their basic survival needs. Up close and personal with nature gives students an incredible opportunity to appreciate their impact on other living things.
- 1 Investigate needs and characteristics of plants and animals (ie. birds).
- 2 Demonstrate an understanding of the basic needs [and characteristics] of [plants and] animals.
- 3 Assess the role of humans in maintaining a healthy environment.
- 1.1 identify personal action that they themselves can take to help maintain a healthy environment for living things, including humans (e.g., show care and concern for all living things; walk to school instead of being driven in the car; be careful what they put down the drain at home)
- 2.1 follow established safety procedures and humane practices during science and technology investigations (e.g., show care and concern when handling insects and feeding Chickadees)
- 2.2 investigate and compare the basic needs of humans and other living things, including the need for air, water, food, warmth, and space
- 3.5 describe how showing care and respect for all living things helps to maintain a healthy environment (e.g., leaving all living things in their natural environment; feeding birds during cold winter months; helping to plant and care for plants in the gardens that attract birds and butterflies)