E.T. A LOCAL WAY OF LEARNING
Title: NATURE'S ENGINEERS
Author: Eulalie R. Rivera Elementary School
Grade Level: 3-5
8.Values and Attitudes 2.Social Studies
Through the activities suggested, students will identify at least three
different bird nests by proper classification according to size, shape, and
materials used in their construction, and at the same time, become aware of the
needs birds have for shelter and species propagation as indicated by student
comments relative to such needs.
An examination of bird nests takes us into the wonderful world and mystery of
instinct. The labor and craftsmanship of birds in the construction of their
nests is surely one of the enduring marvels of nature. Primitive man was able
to copy some of this in the mud huts and thatched shelters he learned to build,
but never with the same artistry as the birds!
This activity is designed to promote knowledge of bird nest habitats and an
awareness of the need for preservation of the natural environment, as well as an
appreciation of man's mental capacities as opposed to that of habit and
1.Divide the class into teams of three students:
a. Team Captain: Responsible for activity directions.
b. Observer: Uses binoculars to provide information on size, shape, and
materials of nests observed.
C. Recorder: Records nest data on chart.
2. Take group along selected trail; disperse team to different areas alone the
trail for 15-20 minutes to locate and observe various nests.
3.Within a given area, have students locate at least three different nests. Look
into trees, shrubs, and on the ground. Observe firsthand if possible, and with
binoculars if necessary, and provide the following information on each. On
the attached worksheet.
4.Questions to answer in the field:
a. Do the nests appear to be hidden?, to blend into the natural landscape? How?
b. How are the nests fastened or secured in place?
5.If some old, unused nests are available, examine closely. In a brief
paragraph, describe the construction.
6.For a class project, select one nest, and dismantle. Describe here all
materials used in the next construction.
7.From a supply of possible nest materials, construct one to resemble that of
some bird original.
Draw shape of Nest Size of Nest Material Used Location of Nest What Bird? Description of Nest Area