Exploring Bird Nests

Curriculum Materials and Structures 
From the Ontario Ministry of Education Kindergarten Curriculum

  • 1.2: Listen and respond to others, both verbally and non-verbally (e.g., using the arts, using signs, using gestures and body language), for a variety of purposes (e.g., to exchange ideas, express feelings, offer opinions) and in a variety of contexts (BC, DLMB, PSI)
  • 1.10: Retell experiences, events and familiar stories in proper sequence (DLMB, PSI)
  • 3.2: Demonstrate the ability to take turns during activity and discussions (SRWB)
  • 13.2: Make predictions and observations before and during investigations (PSI)
  • 13.3: Select and use materials to carry out their own explorations (PSI)
  • 13.4: Communicate results and findings from individual and group investigations (PSI)
  • 14.1: Ask questions about and describe some natural occurrences, using their own observations and representations (DLMB) 

Context

The students and teacher observe bird nests in their outdoor environment and explore what bird nests are made out of. 

Materials

  • Bird nests
  • Yarn
  • Cotton balls
  • Tinsel
  • Gold ribbon
  • Red fabric petals
  • Moss 
  • Small strips of birch bark
  • Leaves
  • Features

Lesson
Introduction

  • Bring in a few bird nests and have children explore them.
    • Guiding questions:
      • What are nests made of?
      • Where could we find a bird nest?
      • Do all birds use the same material to make their bird nests?
  • Optional: Pull apart an old nest and show students the materials that were making up the nest. 

Lesson

  • Discuss why nests are important for birds. 
  • Ask students what materials could be put out so that we could help birds build their nests.
  • Make a list of all the material children list.
  • Ask children to justify why that material would be useful for building nests.

Closure

  • Some students may leave materials on the ground while others may think it’s more accessible to birds on tree trunks. 
  • Allow students to make their decisions and then ask them to explain why they chose their specific materials and destination for placing them.
    • Why do you think (name of material here) will be useful for the birds? What can they do with it? 
Based on Mine Centre Public School Teacher Marge Hale and Sarah Empey’s Lesson