Content for a Unit Study about Birds

Resources for Teaching about Birds

Here are teaching points for a unit study about birds, along with children's books that reinforce many of the points. I have also included a printable version of this page that you can print and take to your library or use as a checklist, a Bird Matching Game, and a printable reading log for books about birds.


Birds are warm-blooded. They make their own body heat.

What Makes a Bird a Bird?What Makes a Bird a Bird?


Birds are vertebrates. They have skeletons inside their bodies.

Why am I a Bird?Why am I a Bird? What is a Bird?


All birds have feathers....

Why Do Owls and Other Birds Have Feathers?


...but not all birds fly.

Ostrich Flight School


There are different kinds of feathers.

Feathers: Not Just for Flying


Flight feathers help birds fly....

How Do Birds Fly? How and Why Do Birds Fly? Birds: Nature's Magnificent Flying Machines


...and downy feathers keep birds warm.

Birds of a Feather


Some feathers are for decoration.

Colorful Peacocks


Male birds and female birds often look different. Male birds often have brighter colors.

The Young Birder's Guide to Birds of North America Match a Pair of Birds: A Memory Game

Birds don't have teeth. They have beaks.



Beaks have different purposes

How and Why Birds Use Their Beaks


Many birds eat worms, seeds, berries, and insects.

Birds: The Plant and Seed Eaters The Robins in Your Backyard Woodpecker in the Backyard Birds Eat and Eat and Eat Cooking for the Birds

Some birds eat other animals. They are called birds of prey, or raptors.

About Raptors Everything Birds of Prey Raptor!


Birds lay eggs with hard shells

Hatch! Birds, Nests, and EggsBirds, Nests, and Eggs Eggs and ChicksEggs and Chicks Bird EggsBird Eggs From Egg to RobinFrom Egg to Robin Chickens Aren't the Only Ones Whose Egg? Birds' Eggs


Most birds build nests....

Birds Build Nests Birds Build Nests Even an Ostrich Needs a Nest Whose Nest? Mud City


...but some birds don't.

The Emperor's Egg Penguin Chick


Many birds migrate.

How Do Birds Find Their Way? Going Home Ookpik: The Travels of a Snowy Owl This Way Home

Many birds sing their own special song. They are called songbirds.

Songbirds: The Language of Songs Bird Talk


Other bird books

Crinkleroot's 25 Birds Every Child Should Know Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing the Birds Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America Wild About Wisconsin Birds: A Youth's Guide to the Birds of Wisconsin From Egg to Robin


Coloring Books and Workbooks about Birds

Beginning Birdwatcher's Book: With 48 Stickers Audubon's Birds of America Coloring Book The Birdwatcher's Coloring Book Peterson Field Guide Coloring Books: Birds Birds of Prey Coloring Book Draw 50 Birds: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Chickadees, Peacocks, Toucans, Mallards, and Many More of Our Feathered Friends



Other Resources for a Bird Unit Study is a great resource for learning about birds. This site also has beautifully detailed worksheets for learning the parts of an egg, the parts of a feather, and different kinds of beaks.

All About Birds is an online guide to birds and bird watching that is offered by Cornell University. This site is packed with information about birds! If you look up a bird, you can also listen to a recording of a typical bird song for that type of bird.

Feather Type & Anatomy Worksheet by Ask a Biologist. These detailed worksheets help students learn the name for each feather type and the name of the parts of a feather.

The Fernbank Science Center has resources for learning about birds, including a worksheet about bird beaks and a worksheet about bird feet.

Draw and Learn Animals - Marty Nystrom has instructions for drawing birds and other animals in ten easy steps. Each step has an interesting fact about the animal.

Here is a bird matching game that you can print on heavy paper. Since there is only one image of each bird on this set, you will need to make two copies. The last page is the photo credits, so you may or may not want to print those.

Free Printable Bird Matching Game

Here is a set of bird flashcards on Quizlet. If you are viewing them on your phone, you can use the settings icon in the upper right corner to adjust the flashcards so that the photo appears first. You can also turn the "speak text" feature on so that you can hear the name of the bird as you scroll down from the image. Tapping on an image makes it appear larger.


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