KET's Everyday Science is funded in part by Kentucky Power and the American Electric Power Foundation and PNC Bank.
Young children can learn a great deal by observing the world around them. In this video from KET, students learn a few basic facts about the types of birds attracted to a simple backyard feeder.
This resource is part of the KET Everyday Science collection.
Everyday Science: Who Comes to The Feeder Interactive (Interactive)
If you have ever put up a seed feeder in your yard you know how interesting it can be to watch birds feed and interact with each other. What you may not be aware of is the fact that by watching the activity at the feeder, you are practicing one of the most basic scientific concepts, observation.
You notice the different colors of each bird, when they feed, if they feed at the same time each day, and whether or not they prefer to eat alone or with the crowd. These observations will tell you about the different types of birds and you'll begin to understand more about them.
This video introduces young children to some of the more common varieties of birds that may frequent a backyard feeder. They will learn the name of the bird as well as some very basic facts about him.
The Teaching Tips will give you some ideas how to continue the conversation and expand on the content in the video.
bone, hollow, names of common birds, (e.g., cardinal, sparrow, bluejay, woodpecker, goldfinch, etc.)
ostrich, emu, penguin, wild turkey, chicken, flightless, heavy, light
red, brown, blue, black, yellow, black and white, names of common birds
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