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Shows for Educators by NGSS for K-2

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You'll find BirdNote stories for students in the list below, ordered by Next Generation Science Standards topics for grades K-2.

These are suggestions only. We encourage teachers to determine the appropriateness of each story for their students.

Weather and Climate

 
  Superstorm Sandy's Effects on Birds and Habitat: How do birds fare?
  Hurricanes and Birds: Given time, bird populations are resilient!
  Burrowing Snowbirds: Turns out snow is a good insulator
  Ospreys Weather the Storm: How can birds survive such severe weather?

Structure, Function, and Information Processing

  Decibels per Gram: Sometimes the smaller the bird, the bigger the voice
  Bird Songs Go to Hollywood: What are all those exotic sounds?
  How Many Eggs to Lay? One flicker laid 71 eggs in 73 days
  Nest Cavities - Book Early: Competition is fierce!
  Baby Bald Eagles: It takes an eagle a long time to grow up!
  Baby Birds Move Out of the Nest:  But they’re still pretty clueless and clumsy!
  California Quail, Up and Running:  “Precocial” chicks are up and away!
  Do Parrots Name Their Chicks?  A different kind of “name tag”
  Chickadees Clean Up After the Youngsters: A simple solution ...
  Voices and Vocabularies - Great Horned Owls:  Listen ...
  Singing Like a Bird and Feeling Good:  Belt it out!
  Birds Talk, People Squawk! Sparky, the famous talking budgerigar!    
  Silly Willow Ptarmigan:  Hard not to smile when you hear this bird!    
  Turkey Calling - Real or Unreal:  Can you tell which is which?    
  Saw-whet Owls Hoot and Hoot: They kept the neighbors up all night!
  Birds That Say Their Own Names:  Sometimes they say it over and over!
  Laughing Kookaburra:  It sounds like a jungle out there!
  Waxwing Nightlight: Do Bohemian Waxwings glow in the dark?
  Consider the Ostrich: Do they really stick their heads in the sand?
  Jacana - Lily-trotter: Those long toes are made for walkin’
  Migration: Innate or Learned? How do these birds know where to go?

Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

  A Rufous in the Rain:  Rain or shine, baby hummingbirds need to eat!
  Rufous Hummingbirds’ Marvelous Nest: The secret is . . . spider webs!
  Ospreys Weather the Storm: How can birds survive such severe weather?
  Yogi Berra’s Wit and Wisdom:  “Little things are big”
  The Crow and the Gull:  What’s that crafty bird up to?
  Woodpeckers Carve Out Roost Cavities: Excavation time - again!
  Choosing Where to Nest:  Location, location, location!
  Nest Cavities - Book Early: Competition is fierce!
  Highways as Habitat for Hawks:  Accidental gifts from the age of the automobile
  “You Need a Mister!” A water mister, that is!
  Alex Chadwick in Big Bend - The Roadrunner
  Angry Birds:  What are these birds, and why are they so angry?

Patterns and Cycles

  Ruby-throated Hummingbird:  The hummingbird of the eastern states is back!
  Heron Nest - Start with One Stick: Construction begins late winter ...
  Raptor Breeding:  Why do they nest so early?
  Choosing Where to Nest:  Location, location, location!
  Nest Cavities - Book Early: Competition is fierce!
  Woodpeckers Carve Out Roost Cavities: Excavation time - again!
  Where Birds Sleep:  In nests? Not for long!
  The Bushtit vs. Elastic:  One determined little bird!
  Walking on Eggshells:  Just how fragile are they?
  How Many Eggs to Lay? One flicker laid 71 eggs in 73 days
  Baby Bald Eagles: It takes an eagle a long time to grow up!
  Robins Raise a Brood - In a Hurry: A whirlwind of family activity, again and again
  Baby Birds Move Out of the Nest:  But they’re still pretty clueless and clumsy!
  Chickadees Clean Up After the Youngsters: A simple solution ...
  How Nestlings Leave the Nest:  From tiny steps to big leaps!
  Great Horned Owl – Hungry Young: Hungry.... and noisy, too!
  Egg Laying 101
  From Egg-Laying to Hatching and Beyond: Eggs are serious business
  Migration: Innate or Learned? How do these birds know where to go?

Engineering Design

  Spider Silk - Duct Tape for Birds Nests: A flexible, resilient material ...
  Heron Nest - Start with One Stick: Construction begins late winter ...
  Rufous Hummingbirds’ Marvelous Nest: The secret is . . . spider webs!
  Woodpeckers Carve Out Roost Cavities: Excavation time - again!
  Highways as Habitat for Hawks:  Accidental gifts from the age of the automobile
  A Building Manager Shows the Way:  Lights Out protects birds and saves energy
  “You Need a Mister!” A water mister, that is!
  The Bushtit vs. Elastic:  One determined little bird!
  Why a Gorget Glitters:  Like a tiny knight in shining armor!
  Tree Swallows and Feathers:  Is it play? Probably competition!
  Are Birds Nests Reused?  It depends on the species

Holidays

  Father Birds: Happy Father’s Day from BirdNote!
  Mother Birds: In honor of Mother’s Day!
  Valentine Lovebirds: A symbol of enduring love...
  The Day of the Turkey: Happy Thanksgiving from BirdNote!
  How the Turkey Got Its Name

Additional K-2nd grade stories

  Common Murres - Nature’s Laugh Track: Sounds ring from a sea cliff!
  Big Bird - America’s Favorite Flightless Bird: Everyone knows this bird’s song
  Why the Crow Is Black
  Raven and the Sun, A Myth: How Raven stole the sun and placed it in the sky
  How Raven Made the Tide: Those clever ravens!
  Raven and the Winding River: No surprise - the raven gets his way!
  The Crane Wife: The sad tale of a Japanese crane . . .

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