Ready for Hummingbird Migration
The process of making a map will orient students to the geography
of hummingbird migration. It will also give them a context for following
news in the season's migration updates.
or make copies of a distibution
map for rufous and ruby-throated hummingbirds.
each student or group a copy of each handout.
them where they can access an atlas (or online map).
students time to explore where each species spends its life.
students to add important features to their own maps and color them
to distinguish the species and their seasonal habitats.
the blank map provided, students will
identify and label:
latitude and longitude lines.
countries in which each species overwinters and breeds.
states and provinces in which each species overwinters and breeds.
places BOTH species overwinter.
places BOTH species breed.
Have students make a title and key for their maps.
can quiz one another with fun geographic challenge questions about each
species. Here are some sample questions:
it be possible to see a ruby-throated hummingbird in Costa Rica?
bird visits more countries during its annual cycle?
which country do most rufous hummingbirds spend the winter?
students to save these maps in their Hummingbird
Journals. As they learn more about the hummingbird migration during
the season, they can add interesting details and significant features
to their maps.
- As you
review these maps throughout the season, you can assess students'
understanding of migration patterns and their abilities to represent
these on maps.