Birds introduces students to the many characteristics and types of birds. Students will compare and contrast different types of birds and learn to mimic the sound of a specific bird that you will assign to them.

In the “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page, you will find a number of suggestions that you can add to or alter in the lesson plan according to your needs. One option is separate students into pairs and have them try to mimic different birds. Another option is to have students learn different bird sounds using the website listed in step one of the procedure. Then you can host a class contest to see who can sound the most like the various birds.

What our Birds lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Birds teaches students all about the characteristics of a bird. Students will be able to identify and distinguish different types and learn to mimic their unique sounds.

There is one main content page in this lesson. The lesson first describes what a bird is—an animal with two wings, two legs, a beak or bill, and feathers. These are universal traits that every type of bird has in common with all the others. Students will discover that people group birds in a few different ways.

They will also discover a few other traits that all these animals have in common. For instance, a bird lays eggs, is warm-blooded, and has a backbone as mammals do. In addition, students will learn about how a small number of bird types cannot fly. In fact, they will learn how feathers are not just for flying. Feathers also protect a bird from certain types of weather, help them swim or float, and keep them clean.


Depending on what you prefer with your class, you can have students work by themselves, with a partner, or in a small group for the activity. You will assign each student or group of students a specific bird from the list on the coloring pages. Each bird has an interesting fact below or next to it. For the activity, students will first read the fact about each bird and then color them. (You can send the coloring pages home instead if you wish.)

Then students will follow the instructions on the worksheet for the bird you assigned to them. First, they will learn what sound their bird makes and try to imitate it. Then they will answer a series of questions about their bird. They will use this page as part of their presentation when they present to the class their bird sound.


The homework assignment lists 10 questions. Each question provides several choices to choose from. Students will circle the correct answer for each question.

Additional information


1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade



State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.9, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.3, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.9, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.9

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.