1st Grade - The Fantastic Flycatcher!

Grade Level: K-1

Lesson Developer: Jennifer Finn

Lesson Plan Title: The Vermilion Flycatcher

Concept / Topic To Teach: Learn about the Vermilion Flycatcher

Standards Addressed:

General Goal(s): Children will understand a general overview of birds.

Specific Objectives: Children will demonstrate compreshension of textbook and practice their listening skills. Understand technology through creating a power point slide and using the internet. Strengthen fine motor skills through cutting and pasting together feathers and detailing physical characteristics of the Vermilion Flycatcher. Practicing grammar and sentence structure by writing sentences related to their learning.

Required Materials: Book- “All About Birds:A Guide for Children”


             Internet Access
                             Microsoft Power Point

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In): The Xtranormal Video found on the student Vermilion Flycatcher webpage should be watched for a brief introduction on the Vermilion Flycatcher and its lifestyle.

Step-By-Step Procedures:
1-Read the book, “All About Birds- A Guide for Children”.
2-Make sure instructor and students are on the correct webpage for the Vermilion Flycatcher.
3-As a group or with each students individual headphones, watch the Xtranormal Video for an introduction on the Vermilion Flycatcher.
4-Children will research pictures of the vermilion flycatcher and become familiar with its appearance and habitat in the Sonoran Desert
5-Children will draw either the male or female vermilion flycatcher. They will then be given markers and crayons to color the flycatcher accurately.
6- Red and gray feathers will be passed out and students will have the opportunity to glue their feathers onto their birds.

Plan For Independent Practice: For independent work, students should go on the internet and search for pictures of the vermilion flycatcher and its habitat or nest. They can copy and paste 2-3 pictures on power point and underneath write one sentence describing their picture, including how it relates if it is a picture of the habitat. Instructors can modify the lesson according to their time schedule or plans. Additionally, children can complete the art project with the feathers for independent practice.

- Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set): For closure, the students will all come together to discuss what they have learned about the Vermilion Flycatcher. The instructor will lead this conversation and make sure to bring up important factors such as what students know about the flycatchers habitat, nest, eating habits and so forth. The teacher or instructor can have each student share their art project or display it on the wall if possible.

- Assessment Based On Objectives: Students will go to the main Vermilion Flycatcher webpage and complete the 5 question review on the bottom of the page. Teachers and instructors will be able to use this to have a written out copy of students knowledge and will be able to easily assess how much students have learned. 

- Adaptations (For Students With Learning Disabilities): Students with learning disabilities can look up pictures online and write a few words that describe the bird (ex: red, small, bright, furry) instead of writing complete sentences. Teachers can even have a sit down conversation with the student instead of having them complete the assessment test to assure that they understand the subject matter. 

- Extensions (For Gifted Students): For more advanced students, the instructor can have students write 3-4 sentences not only describing the picture but rewording what they have learned including the birds habitat and what it needs to survive. 

- Possible Connections To Other Subjects:
Geography (Location and land environment) 
History (Why they are extinct in certain places)