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Fifth Grade Information for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Fifth grade students visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology where the focus is learning about habitats. Students spend time exploring the Lab's visitor center as well as walking the outdoor trails with a volunteer docent. 

Pre-Visit Lessons

Pre-Visit Slide Show

Pre-Visit Habitat Graphs

Letter to Chaperones

Student Journal

Develop an Improvement Plan for your school yard bird habitat with this lesson, written by Bill Van Slyke (Belle Sherman) and Marilyn Mayer (Northeast) in collaboration with Anne James Rosenberg (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

Students join with their buddy class to share research about local birds with this lesson written by Bill Van Slyke (Belle Sherman) and Marilyn Mayer (Northeast) in collaboration with Anne James Rosenberg (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

 

Schedule

KDT! Book for Fifth Grade (Lab of O)

KDT! provides books to all Pre-K through fifth grade children to encourage literacy and reinforce Kids Discover the Trail! curriculum. To prolong the excitement of the trip, some teachers give the book to the children (when appropriate) on a day other than the day of the field trip.

Some helpful hints...

  • Read the book with the children in class before sending the book home.

  • Have the children write their names in the book

  • Use the lesson plans that are posted below

  • Be sure to inform families about the book in your weekly newsletters. Please alert them to the parent flier that gives ideas about how to use the book at home!

The book for 5th grade (Lab of O) is  Peterson First Guide to Birds of North America, by Roger Tory Peterson

In This Bird Guide Lesson written by Miriam Mack, students will learn to identify local birds by using their books, watching videos and listening to bird calls. They will use engaging websites. You will need the Bird Activity Sheets for Lab of O Guide Book to complete this lesson.