Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Birds, and supports the standard that birds, and all animals, have internal and external structures that support the survival and reproduction of their species. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.


Organize students into small groups and ask them to answer and discuss the following questions:

  • What are some things that all birds have in common?
  • Why do you think birds fly south for the winter?
  • What are some predators of birds?

After students have had time to discuss in their small groups, bring the class together and have students share what they came up with to the whole class.


  • Read aloud the description on the Birds topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the two Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY

Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Choose one type of bird adaptation featured in the movie and produce a video showing how this adaptation helps solve a problem.
  • Make-a-Map: Make a map identifying bird adaptations and how they help with survival.
  • Creative Coding: Code a digital museum exhibit featuring the various internal or external bird adaptations.


Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about birds. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How does migrating south help some birds survive the winter?
  • What are some characteristics that are true of all birds?
  • How does the shape of a bird’s wing help it conserve energy when flying?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Birds Quiz

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Deepen understanding by analyzing an image of a bird fossil from the Jurassic period in this Primary Source activity.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments