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During the Baby Birds, Bird Nests, and Creating with Clay program, each child will learn about how birds choose their habitat, build a nest, and raise baby birds. Each child will build their own bird nest out of natural material and create a bird and an egg out of clay. Topics will include migration, why different birds build different types of nests, the habitat requirements for nesting, and parental care by birds. During the program, participants will listen to a story and sing bird songs, look closely at different nests from our nest collection, examine artwork of birds and their nests, go one a nature hike to look for bird nests (if the site has appropriate habitat), build their own nest out of natural materials, and hand build a bird and birds eggs out of clay. Each participant will go home with a nest they built and a clay bird and bird egg.
Cost per class is $150 for a one hour program for a single class
Bird Discovery is an inquiry-based assembly-style program for grades 2 through 5. Children participate in 10 engaging, hands-on stations each with a different activity relating to birds and aligned with Massachusetts Life Science Frameworks. Activities include wearing life-sized Bald Eagle puppet wings, putting feathers on a dinosaur, spinning a wheel to create a food chain and testing beaks to see which type is better for eating certain foods.
Bird Discovery can be set up in a cafeteria or another common space. Two or three classrooms can participate at one time. Each classroom teacher will receive a packet with additional science, math, art and language activities appropriate for their grade.
$200 for a 45-minute program, $100 for each additional program
Students will be seated on the rug and a Mass Audubon Educator will show them a Charlie Harper print. The educator will ask what is in the picture and how the artist made the picture. Students will create different animals by putting together large felt shape pieces. Then the students will make their own artwork from foam shapes on paper.
$75 for first classroom, $50 each additional classroom.
A Mass Audubon Educator will discuss the artist and their method of producing art. The Educator will have the students make observations on a few select pieces of art work. Students will then have an opportunity to see all the art work while doing a scavenger hunt. Finally the students will do an art project based upon the artist's work.
A Mass Audubon Educator will ask the students what animals do in winter, and then show pictures of common Massachusetts wildlife, explaining how those animals are adapted to winter. Students will engage in a role-play activity in which they will act out how each animal spends the winter. The Educator will introduce tracks or footprints in the snow or mud and teach students how to identify animals by their tracks. Track images will be placed on the floor and students will participate in an animal movement exercise, imitating the movements of various species. Finally the students will participate in a track art activity.
$75 for the first classroom and $50 for each additional classroom.
A Mass Audubon Educator will lead a discussion on the animals that live in a meadow habitat. Students will have an opportunity to explore the meadow using bug boxes and magnifying lenses for direct observation of the meadow inhabitants they collected. Students will make notes or drawings of their living collection, and then release the critters back to the meadow. The Mass Audubon Educator will lead a discussion of the life cycles and adaptations of the animals found.
A Mass Audubon Educator will present a two-dimensional image of a duck and a three-dimensional duck sculpture. Students will be asked to differentiate between the two. The Educator will then facilitate a discussion on the differences between 2-D and 3-D art work. Students will observe and compare several different scuptures. Students will participate in a role-play activity in which they act like sculptures and pose like animals while their classmates try to identify what animals they are portraying. The lesson will end with students creating their own sculptures out of modeling media.
Fee is $75 per classroom, $50 for each additional classroom.
Students will learn about the five methods of seed dispersal. A Mass Audubon Educator will bring the students to a wooded area and discuss how tree seeds are dispersed. The Educator will then take the students to a meadow habitat where they will explore, finding various seeds. Students will then combine their seed collections and through observation, comparison, and experimentation, will determine how the seeds disperse. Students will make notes/drawings in a journal or observation paper.
An optional program add-on could include an indoor seed dispersal problem-solving exercise. Each student will be given an artificial seed. With the use of various materials which will be provided, students will design a disperal method for their seed.
1 hour outdoor program; additional cost for indoor component
A Mass Audubon Educator will show students pictures of animals and discuss the various types animal coverings such as feathers, fur, spines and more. In a hands-on activity, students will compare different textures and describe how each feels. The students will create an art project using textures.
$75 per classroom and each additional classroom is $50.
A Mass Audubon Educator will introduce vernal pool habitats. Students will have an opportunity to dip net in the pool collecting organisms that live there. Once some organisms are collected the students will observe them with a focus on special physiological adaptations. The Educator will lead a discusssion of the life cycles of various vernal pool inhabitants. Students will take notes or create drawings of the organisms they collected, and then release them back into the pool.