1. Outdoor Observations
Take the class outside to identify where hummingbirds might be able to find nectar, insects, spiders, and tree sap. Encourage students to draw and write about the places they find in a field notebook.
2. Food Energy Research
Challenge students to learn more about food energy by posing intriquing questions: How do the foods we eat become energy? Why is eating high-energy foods important? What food choices give you the energy you need each day? What kinds of food are high energy fuels? What food choices are "fizzle fuels"--foods that are a quick source of energy but that spurt of energy fizzles quickly? How much food do humans need to keep our engines running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year?
links to explore:
- Learn about how hummingbirds also help their partners, the sapsuckers!
- Discover how brainy hummers are when it comes to remembering where to get the best food!
- Observe the flowers that fuel migration and predict what they are a good "fit" for hummingbirds!
3. Take it Live: Track Hummingbirds' Spring Migration With Journey North
As hummingbirds spread throughout their breeding range, continue to predict when and where they will travel.