Feathered Friends

Q. May I inquire how detailed the 4th and 5th graders will need to know bird anatomy? Can you provide some examples of what they will need to know? Additionally, what level of detail will they need to know about bird eggs?
A. In general – I would make sure to know:
***All the lingo from “Topography of a Bird” on the first page of the Peterson’s Field Guide to Birds 6th edition (it is the back page of the 1-page index). Students don’t need to memorize the words, but should be able to answer a question like “what color is the nape on this bird”. If they don’t know what a nape is, they could find it on that page in their field guide
***I would pay attention to the samples shown at the Leslie Science Center Field Trips (we don’t run the field trips, but the supervisors will be attending to look at what samples they have out – for example, in past years, one of the samples related to the skeletal differences between two birds and why they have this adaptation
***We put a photo of digestion in the powerpoint, students wouldn’t be expected to know details of the digestive system, but should know which birds have pellets and why
***structure of the feet and beaks (this was mentioned in a previous answer) between different birds
***know a few basic things about feathers and the specialized adaptations certain feathers have
This list isn’t comprehensive, but hopefully it gives you an idea of the level of detail.
Regarding eggs – If students are asked to identify a nest or eggs, they will be shown a photo of the eggs, nest, and habitat together. For questions like this, we often ask about birds that are a little different from “normal”