At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
- Monitor animal behavior
- Explain the benefits of a green roof and connect these benefits to larger structures
- Students will be able to create and tell about that art that communicates a story about a familiar place or new object.
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What you’ll need:
- Nest box assembly instructions
- Galvanized box nails
- Brass wood screw
- Roofing paper
- Assemble construction materials.
- Print assembly instructions for students.
- Be sure students are aware of all necessary safety precautions before building the nest box.
- Aesthetic: having a sense of the beautiful
- Brood: a number of young produced or hatched at one time
- Circulation: the act of moving in a circle or circuit, or flowing
- Green roof: a roof covered with vegetation; designed for its aesthetic value and to optimize energy conservation
- Marauders: those who raid for plunder
- Roofing Paper: a heavy paper infused with tar used to waterproof a roof
- What is a green roof?
- Why should we provide habitats for bluebirds?
- Arrange students into groups and provide them with assembly instructions.
- Review safety precautions.
- Assist students with nest box construction.
- Once nest boxes are complete, place in the pollinator/butterfly habitat garden (if applicable) or in an open green space near the classroom.
- Have student groups observe and monitor the inhabitants of the nest box.
- Students should also care for plants in the green roof and clean out the old nests between nesting broods.
- Have any bluebirds nested in your nest box? Have any other birds attempted to inhabit the nest?
- How many broods have you observed nesting this season?
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