Talking Turkey

UNITED STATES There’s much more to America’s holiday bird than white and dark meat. (Nat Geo News) Use our great study guide to learn more about the wild turkey! Discussion Ideas “[T]hat big, tasty bird has left a significant mark on history, science, language, and culture,” according to the fun Nat Geo news article. Does “talking turkey” inspire inquiry?   “The Social Order of Turkeys,” … Continue reading Talking Turkey

11 Things We Learned This Week

What did you learn this week? We learned … … what the best new maps are, according to cartographers. Zoom in on one of the best maps of the year, from National Geographic magazine’s May issue.   … Pluto’s heavy heart may have turned the world upside-down. How did NASA get close enough to peer into Pluto’s pretty heart?   … bird poop may keep … Continue reading 11 Things We Learned This Week

There is No Such Thing as a Blue Bird

SCIENCE There’s more to color than meets the eye. (Smithsonian) Use our lesson plan to introduce students to the science of color. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas What do you mean, there’s no such thing as a blue bird? Those avian lovelies in the photo gallery look pretty blue to me! Those birds look blue, … Continue reading There is No Such Thing as a Blue Bird

Island Birds Are Losing the Ability to Fly

SCIENCE New research shows island birds become flightless—quickly and repeatedly. (Nat Geo Phenomena blog) Use our resources to learn more about birds. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas How did researchers determine that island birds are “edging toward flightlessness”? They compared the anatomy of flightless and volant (flying) birds, as well as changes in the … Continue reading Island Birds Are Losing the Ability to Fly

Were Dodos as Dumb as They Looked?

SCIENCE Dodos, best known for being dead and, well, dumb, may not have been total doofuses. (Washington Post) Use our resources to catch up on other bird-brains. Scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The name of the new research paper is “The first endocast of the extinct dodo.” What is an endocast? An endocast is an … Continue reading Were Dodos as Dumb as They Looked?