Bird Migration Maps
This resource allows students to view maps which show the major migrations of birds across North and South America throughout the year. They should generate observations and questions that can lead to more discovery and learning. This resource can be used at the beginning of a unit on migration.
By completing this activity, your students will be able to:
- Analyze maps containing real scientific data.
- Identify patterns related to bird migration in the western hemisphere.
- Ask questions related to bird migration.
More About this Lesson Plan
According to the Arizona Department of Education, phenomena are observable events that can be explained or explored using scientific practices, ideas and concepts. Through science investigations and discussions, students try to explain the phenomena. They are a key part of science instruction in the state.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has been collecting examples of wildlife-related phenomena that can be used in the classroom. Each phenomenon includes suggested ways to use it as well as potential standards that can be addressed by using it. Links for additional information are provided for teachers wishing to learn even more about each phenomenon.
This specific phenomena can be used as the start of a migration unit. The animated GIF uses data obtained by citizen scientists submitting bird locations into eBird. It then maps the average locations of 118 different bird species across North and South America. Students could view the maps and look for patterns, trends and differences. This will allow them to generate questions related to why certain birds migrate earlier and why birds choose the routes they do. It could lead to investigations on migration.
This lesson has been correlated to the following Arizona Department of Education academic standards:
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