Birds will be Birds

This resource is an activity to classify birds based on their feet and beaks.  The graphic organizers are printable and accessible within the lesson plan.  Students also analyze how the various adaptations enable to birds to survive in their habitats. This resource includes adaptations that enable the birds to survive and also classifying organisms according to their physical descriptions.  The images and worksheets needed are supplied within the lesson plan.  

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0407.5.1
Analyze physical and behavioral adaptations that enable organisms to survive in their environment.
GLE 0507.5.1
Investigate physical characteristics associated with different groups of animals.
GLE 0807.5.1
Identify various criteria used to classify organisms into groups.
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Lesson Variations

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Helpful Hints


  • Birds Will Be Birds Handout (pdf)
  • Pen or Pencil