Bird Migration and Climate Change

Robins migrate because their food, the earthworms, are frozen in the ground in winter. Last in the series of four, the lesson focuses on bird migration, specifically the robin, and climate change. Pairs or groups discuss and analyze the greenhouse effect and bird migration and then determine how global warming may be affecting the robin's seasonal migrations. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Assign the optional assessment as homework
Classroom Considerations
  • Including the migration headache game meets kinesthetic learners' needs, but it may increase the duration of the activity by 20–30 minutes
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Pros
  • Activity involves reading, analyzing graphs, and making predictions, which are higher order thinking skills
  • An optional activity, a migration game, is found near the end of the teacher directions
Cons
  • None
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NGSS