Up With Neighborhood Robins?
a Good Observer
backyards, schoolyards, and parks are easy to spot and fun to observe.
And the more you observe, the more you wonder, just like scientists do.
Armed with an armload of questions, you can dig deeper to find answers
and even set up your own experiments! To get started, follow these steps:
Carefully, Ask Questions
you notice a robin (or robins) out and about in your backyard, schoolyard,
or a local park, sit quietly and observe and listen for five minutes.
(Make sure you have something to write with and a journal, notebook,
or paper and clipboard.)
- One one
side of a page, write down what you notice and hear, draw some sketches,
- On the
other side of the page, write down questions you have about what you
observed or other things you wonder about the robin(s).
for a few more minutes. Try to make at least one new observation and
come up with three more questions. What new things did you notice this
to Find Answers
one of your questions that you can answer by making more observations
or conducting an experiment. Ask your teacher for help planning and
setting up your investigation. Here are some examples:
"How many eggs does a robin lay?"
"What different things do robins eat?"
"Will robins use yarn in their nests if I leave it out?"
"Do robins sing more at one time of day?"
another one of your questions that you can answer by doing research
in books or on the Internet, and then dig in!
another one of your questions that you think only an expert can answer!
First search Journey North's Frequently
Asked Questions about robins. If that doesn't help, visit Meet
More About Robins!
You probably still have plenty of questions. Here are some Journey North
pages you can visit to dig deeper:
Science Education Standards
- Ask a
question about objects, organisms, events. (K-4)
- Plan and
conduct a simple investigation. (K-4)
questions that can be answered through scientific investigations. (5-8)
and conduct a scientific investigation. (5-8)