Beguiled by Bird Seed
I didn't have a feeder, so I poured the seed into a Pyrex dish, and placed it on our back patio, in view of our kitchen window. I promptly forgot about it as I pursued my daily chores. The next day, while we were engaged in our schoolwork, the kids noticed an American Robin perched on the rim of our makeshift "feeder." In the days following, the kids and I found ourselves suspending schoolwork, housework and even conversations whenever we noticed birds feeding there. Rather accidentally, I had ignited a fervent interest in bird watching.
Choose Where To Begin
You could begin your Bird Watching Notebook with the birds of your state. Birdzilla.com offers free online Nifty-Fifty Bird Guides, containing fifty of the most often observed species in each state. Guides include images, description, range maps and songs. When you are ready to begin, click on the book to go to Birdzilla's Nifty-Fifty Bird Guide page, then click on your state. The book will load in a few seconds.
Simple Notebook Layout
For my younger children, I write the paragraph ahead of time, for them to use as copy work. If children simply need help summarizing the information into their own words we, make an outline together, then they rewrite the paragraph on their own. After I proofread the paragraph and corrections have been made, the paragraphs are cut out and glued down, only after it has been proofread and approved by mom.
Lapbook & Minibook Elements
Links to Free
Homeschool Share.com: A bountiful database of free Lapbook and Minibook templates.
Homeschool Helper Online: Free Homeschool Lapbook and Minibook templates.
Cornell's Feeder Birds Coloring Book
Use the questions or clip the drawings out to enhance your our own creative pages.
If you click on the page, you will be redirected to Cornell's "Feeder Birds Coloring Book" page.
It is a good to save it on your computer. I found the book at HoustonAudubon.org, but it was originally offered on Cornell's site. A reorganization of their site rendered the link inactive, and I was compelled to search for it again.
Prepared Notebook Pages
Their "Free Resources" include blank or lined pages, available with or without space for an image. Some available in "Primary" and "Regular" lined formats.
Jimmie's General Notebooking Pages Set : Homeschooling mom, "Jimmie" has created some really beautiful noteboooking pages on a multitude of subjects, but this link will take you to her set of nineteen basic notebooking pages, with no text or graphics. Ready for you to fill with your journaling and birding pictures.
Bird Record Notebooking Pages : Three window page from Homeschool with Index Cards.com
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Online
Bird Information Links
Nifty-Fifty State Bird Guides Each guide contains 50 of the most often observed species for the selected state; including images, description, range maps and songs.
Friends Accross America American State Birds and Flowers Line drawings / Coloring pages
All-Birds.com Favorite Backyard Birds. Description, habitat, songs and calls, nesting, eggs, pictures and identification tips for each bird. . Tips about bird watching and attracting birds to your yard.
Birding USA.com State-based information for birders and those that feed birds in their back yard.
Line Drawings & Coloring Page Links
The Coloring Spot Bird Species Printable Coloring Pages & Clip Art. Five pages of bird drawings.
Coloring Birds Bird Themed Coloring Pages. Some are realistic, others are cartoon drawings.