Fact or Fiction: Uncooked Rice Is Bad for Birds

Rice is made of starches that absorb moisture, but is it enough to be harmful to birds? In true myth-buster form, a video lesson explains the science that disproves the thought that rice is bad for birds. The episode compares the expanding capabilities of rice with common birdseed to explain their conclusions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask individuals to construct a letter outlining the evidence that rice is not harmful to wildlife
  • Recreate one or more of the experiments in the video as a follow up to the lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider monitoring the comments if making available for independent viewing
Pros

  • Uses experimental evidence to support claims
  • Considers different variations of rice before making a conclusion
Cons

  • None