Episode 68: All About Birds

Spring is in the air! Barbara and Chris talk about birds and all of the cool tools you can use as a teacher to get your students excited about them. And we are not talking about Angry Birds, either!

Here’s a great site that will encourage your students to participate in this weekend’s Great Backyard Bird Count: http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc Check out this site and then create a bird counting activity for your students. When they get back from the holiday break, you can spend some time going over what they found.

Chris does a video on Little Bird Tales (http://littlebirdtales.com), a fabulous tool teachers can use to help younger students become more engaged in reading and writing. It’s a digital storytelling tool for youngsters. Check it out, teachers!

Continuing on our bird theme, Barbara discusses ebird.org a real-time, online checklist program, launched in 2002 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. Access this site to discover rich data sources for basic information on bird abundance and migration patterns.

We finish this week’s episode with a great anti-plagiarism software, plagiarisma.com, which can help your students check their own writing, too. Don’t be a plagiarisma . . . or an angry bird.

Let us know how you are using any of these tools in the classroom, and have an excellent rest of the week.

One thought on “Episode 68: All About Birds

  1. You guys rock! This is an outstanding resource for teachers. Parents and kids would also love it. You share such great resources. It’s fun, fresh and filled with great tools and tips. Busy teachers will be impressed with how much they gain from the time invested. Awesome!


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