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Science At-home Activities from Summer Solutions

Looking for more learning opportunities to use at home? At Summer Solutions, we specialize in keeping students academically engaged outside of school, so here is another lesson idea with a free download you can use right away.

Science Is Out The Window

Science is everywhere. Peek out any window and you’ll see examples in every direction: towering oaks and delicate spring flowers, industrious ants and butterflies in search of a preferred nectar, scampering chipmunks, a small herd of deer, and BIRDS. Today, let’s look out the window and learn science by observing birds.

Activities for young children

Choose a bird from Bird Coloring Pages. Use the Guide to North American Birds to color pictures accurately.

Observe birds outside your window. Describe what the birds are doing.  

Science Outcome: Students begin to observe the different feather patterns and different bird behaviors.

Activities for intermediate children

Choose a bird from Bird Coloring Pages. Print out two copies of the same bird. Color one as a female and the second as a male. Use the Guide to North American Birds to learn about the coloring of the birds you print out. Identify differences between male and female feather coloring.   

Observe birds outside your window. Describe what the birds are doing. Try to find and identify male and female birds of the same species. Notice any differences in their behaviors. If no birds are visible, use the Guide or Audubon Bird Cams.

Visit Super Coloring Pages: Birds and choose two different birds to color. Notice their external structures (beaks, wings, feathers, feet, etc.). Identify the purpose each external structure serves.  Advanced: Compare the external structures of two different birds. Use the  Guide to North American Birds to learn about your chosen bird.

Science Outcome: Students improve observation skills; observe that male and female birds have different feather coloring and what external structures reveal about a bird’s eating habits, if it migrates, how it protects itself, etc. Students learn to recognize these as patterns (recognizable and predictable) in nature.

Activities for advanced children

Open Bird Song Hero. Learn about sound waves by listening to bird calls while watching the sound’s visualizations. Recognize bird songs by seeing the pattern of various chirps.

Play the interactive online version of the Bird Song Hero Game.

Observe birds outside your window. Listen for bird chirps. Notice the external features of the birds.

Science Outcome: Students improve listening and observation skills. They learn how sound waves travel and how birds communicate.

 Miscellaneous activities

Enjoy this addition to the Audubon family of resources: Audubon for Kids.

Use Audubon Bird Cams to observe and identify patterns in nature. Notice things, such as feeding patterns, time of year for building nests and laying eggs, which mate sits on the eggs, and how they might share care of the hatchlings. 

Learn about threats to bird habitats at Audubon’s Action Network and what students can do to protect these habitats.

Connect to the Simple Solutions blog, Year of the Bird.

So, whether you have woods or high-rises outside your window, birds are most welcome neighbors. Students can spend hours every week honing science skills that they can then apply to other organisms and patterns in nature.

Learn science by simply looking out the window.

Download this free observation page to record what you see and hear.

Download this free observation page to record what you see and hear.

Don’t forget to order Summer Solutions!

Summer Solutions offers kids the ability to review the skills that they were taught during this school year. That way when they return to school in a few weeks or even next fall, they will be ready to continue right where they left off.

About the author


Diane D has been researching and writing for Simple Solutions since retiring from her teaching position at the Nordonia schools. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Diane, who is fluent in Italian, travels a lot, bikes every opportunity she gets, rock climbs, skis, and has recently joined a rowing team.

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