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Save the Bird

Elementary, Middle

Description

Save the Birds teaches students what happens to a bird when its feathers are covered in oil after a spill. Through a hands-on simulation, students explore how birds are affected by oil and how wildlife rescuers help oiled birds. Students will dip feathers in oil to simulate the oil spill. They will then try to clean them with water and dish soap.

Students will:

  • explain how bird feathers are affected by natural oils and oil from oil spills
  • describe how humans remove oil from birds’ feathers and the effects that process has on birds’ ability to fly

General Assessment

What skills does this resource explicitly teach?

  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Analyzing
  • Understanding

Strengths

  • The resource is based on an experiment to make students understand the consequences that affect fauna during an oil spill.
  •  An online resource is available to share other means used by scientists to help birds after an oil spill.

Weaknesses

  • Information and documentation on the subject are not available to the teacher.
  • The resource does not present a real case where an oil spill occurred and the birds were rescued.

Recommendation of how and where to use it

Save the Bird is an easy to implement resource geared for younger students. Whether part of a larger study on habitats or an introductory lesson for wildlife protection this resource is an excellent fit for science outcomes.

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Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (2)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
    • Wildlife Protection
  • Waste Management (1)

    • Liquid Waste