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National Science Education Standards

Journey North's Robin Migration project helps bring a wide range of National Science Education Standards to life. Browse this chart by content area and then link directly to information and activities that reflect your teaching goals. As you review the activities, consider how you can adapt them to your unique context and students' abilities.

National Science Education Standard
Journey North Robin Activity or Lesson

SCIENCE AS INQUIRY
ABILITIES NECESSARY TO DO SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY

Ask a question about objects, organisms, events. (K-4+)

Spring Fever: Testing a Temperature Theory About Robin Migration
Analyzing Weather and Robin Migration
What's Up With Neighborhood Robins: Being a Good Observer
When Will Robins Reach the End of the Trail?
Robin Watching and Journaling Suggestions
Robin's Nest Photo Study
Robin Nest Study: What Can You Observe?

Plan and conduct a simple investigation. (K-4+) What's Up With Neighborhood Robins: Being a Good Observer
Worm Hunt! Collecting and Observing Earthworms
Watch for Migrating Earthworms
How Many Times Does a Robin Sing?
Robin Song Study
Listen to the Robin: The Sounds and Meanings of Robin Songs/Calls
Employ simple equipment/tools to gather data and extend senses. (K-4+) Watch for Migrating Earthworms
Use data to conduct a reasonable explanation. (K-4+) Spring Fever: Testing a Temperature Theory About Robin Migration
Analyzing Weather and Robin Migration
Making Sense of Robin Migration Maps: A Tutorial
Watch for Migrating Earthworms
How Many Times Does a Robin Sing?
Robin Song Study
Listen to the Robin: The Sounds and Meanings of Robin Songs/Calls
Where Do Your Robins Go for the Winter? Analyzing Banding Data

Communicate investigations and explanations. (K-4+)

Where Do Your Robins Go for the Winter? Analyzing Banding Data
Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations. (5-8) What's Up With Neighborhood Robins: Being a Good Observer
Design and conduct a scientific investigation. (5-8) What's Up With Neighborhood Robins: Being a Good Observer
Develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence. (5-8)  Making Sense of Robin Migration Maps: A Tutorial
Think critically and logically to make relationship between evidence and explanations. (5-8) Where Do Your Robins Go for the Winter? Analyzing Banding Data
Use math in all aspects of scientific inquiry. (5-8) Spring Fever: Testing a Temperature Theory About Robin Migration
Where Do Your Robins Go for the Winter? Analyzing Banding Data
UNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT SCIENCE INQUIRY
Science investigations involve asking and answering a question and comparing that to what scientists already know about the world. (K-4+) Spring Fever: Testing a Temperature Theory About Robin Migration
Which Senses Do Robins Use to Find Worms?
Scientists use different kinds of investigations depending on the questions they are trying to answer. Types of investigations include describing objects, events, and organisms; classifying them; and doing a fair test (experimenting). (K-4+) Spring Fever: Testing a Temperature Theory About Robin Migration
Which Senses Do Robins Use to Find Worms?
Meet a Robin Bander
Where Do Your Robins Go for the Winter? Analyzing Banding Data
Scientists develop explanations using observations (evidence) and what they already know about the world. Good explanations are based on evidence from investigations. (K-4+) New Kids on the Block: Claiming a Territory
Watch for Migrating Earthworms
Which Senses Do Robins Use to Find Worms?
How Many Times Does a Robin Sing?
Different kinds of questions suggest different kinds of scientific investigations. Some involve observing and describing objects, organisms, or events; some involve collecting specimens; some involve experiments; some involve seeking more information; some involve discovery of new objects and phenomena; and some involve making models. (5-8) Spring Fever: Testing a Temperature Theory About Robin Migration
Which Senses Do Robins Use to Find Worms?
Meet a Robin Bander
Where Do Your Robins Go for the Winter? Analyzing Banding Data
Mathematics is important in all aspects of scientific inquiry. (5-8) Spring Fever: Testing a Temperature Theory About Robin Migration

LIFE SCIENCE
THE CHARACTERISTICS OF ORGANISMS

Organisms have basic needs. For example, animals need air, water and food; plants require air, water, nutrients, and light. Organisms can survive only in environments in which their needs can be met. The world has many different environments, and distinct ones support the life of different types of organisms. (K-4+)

Spring Fever: Testing a Temperature Theory About Robin Migration
Making Sense of Robin Migration
Making Sense of Robin Migration Maps: A Tutorial
Robin Watching and Journaling Suggestions
Robin Territory Study
Recognizing a Good Territory from Above
Waiting for Buddy: A Tale of a Returning Robin
A Robin's Menu Through the Seasons
Toxic Lunches
Unpave the Way for Robins
Robin Nest Cam (videos): From Eggs to Fledglings

Each plant or animal has different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, reproduction. (K-4+)

Feeling Broody: The Tummy Solution
Eggstra, Eggstra: The Story of Robin Eggs
A Robin Preens its Feathers: Video Clips & Viewing Guide
Worm Hunt! Collecting and Observing Earthworms
Robins of a Different Feather
Robin Nest Cam (videos): From Eggs to Fledglings

The behavior of individual organisms is influenced by internal cues (such as hunger) and by external cues (such as a change in the environment). Humans and other organisms have senses that help them detect internal and external cues. (K-4+) Spring Fever: Testing a Temperature Theory About Robin Migration
Analyzing Weather and Robin Migration
Making Sense of Robin Migration
Robin Watching and Journaling Suggestions
New Kids on the Block: Claiming a Territory
Waiting for Buddy: A Tale of a Returning Robin
A Robin Preens its Feathers: Video Clips & Viewing Guide
Help! A robin is bonking into my window!
Watch for Migrating Earthworms
A Robin's Menu Through the Seasons
Meet a Robin Bander
Where Do Your Robins Go for the Winter? Analyzing Banding Data
Robin Nest Cam (videos): From Eggs to Fledglings
LIFE CYCLES OF ORGANISMS
Plants and animals have life cycles that include being born, developing into adults, reproducing, and eventually dying. The details of this life cycle are different for different organisms. (K-4+) Spring Phenology of Robins
New Kids on the Block: Claiming a Territory

Build a Robin's Nest!
Feeling Broody: The Tummy Solution
Robin's Nest Photo Study
Eggstra, Eggstra: The Story of Robin Eggs
Robin Nest Study: What Can You Observe?
Robin Nest Cam (videos): From Eggs to Fledglings

Plants and animals closely resemble their parents. (K-4+)

Robin's Nest Photo Study
Robin Nest Cam (videos): From Eggs to Fledglings

Many characteristics of an organism are inherited from the parents, but others result from an individual's interactions with the environment. Inherited characteristics include the color of flowers and the number of limbs of an animal. Other features are learned through interactions with the environment and cannot be passed on to the next generation. (K-4+)

Robins of a Different Feather

ORGANISMS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENTS

All animals depend on plants. Some animals eat plants for food. Others eat animals that eat plants. (K-4+) A Robin's Menu Through the Seasons
Toxic Lunches
An organism's behavior patterns are related to the nature of that organism's environment, including the kinds and number of other organisms present, the availability of food and resources, and the physical characteristics of the environment. When environment changes, some plants and animals survive and reproduce, and others die or move to new locations. (K-4+) Ladies Second!
When Will Robins Reach the End of the Trail?
Spring Phenology of Robins
Robin Watching and Journaling Suggestions
Robin Territory Study
Recognizing a Good Territory from Above
New Kids on the Block: Claiming a Territory
Build a Robin's Nest!
Waiting for Buddy: A Tale of a Returning Robin

Help! A robin is bonking into my window!
Robins and Waxwings in Winter and Summer: Comparing Behaviors

STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION IN LIVING SYSTEMS

Living systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the complementary nature of structure and function. (5-8)

Feeling Broody: The Tummy Solution
Eggstra, Eggstra: The Story of Robin Eggs
Worm Hunt! Collecting and Observing Earthworms

REPRODUCTION AND HEREDITY
Reproduction is a characteristic of all living systems; because no individual organism lives forever, reproduction is essential to the continuation of every species. Some organisms reproduce asexually. Other organisms reproduce sexually. (5-8)

Chore Chart for Raising Robins
Eggstra, Eggstra: The Story of Robin Eggs

 

In many species, including humans, females produce eggs and males produce sperm. Plants also produce sexually?the egg and sperm are produced in the flowers of flowering plants. An egg and sperm unite to begin development of a new individual. That individual receives genetic information from its mother (via the egg) and its father (via the sperm). Sexually produced offspring never are identical to either of their parents. (5-8) Chore Chart for Raising Robins
Eggstra, Eggstra: The Story of Robin Eggs  
The characteristics of an organism can be described in terms of a combination of traits. Some are inherited and others result from environmental interactions. (5-8) Local or Migrant: Which is Which?
Ladies Second!
REGULATION AND BEHAVIOR
All organisms must be able to obtain and use resources, grow, reproduce, and maintain stable internal conditions in a constantly changing external environment. (5-8) A Robin's Menu Through the Seasons
Toxic Lunches
Entire Robin Study
Behavior is one kind of response an organism can make to an internal or environmental stimulus. A behavioral response requires coordination and communication at many levels, including cells, organ systems, and whole organisms. Behavioral response is determined in part by heredity and in part from experience. (5-8) Robin Territory Study
Build a Robin's Nest!
Waiting for Buddy: A Tale of a Returning Robin
A Robin Preens its Feathers: Video Clips & Viewing Guide

Help! A robin is bonking into my window!
How Many Times Does a Robin Sing?
Robin Song Study
Listen to the Robin: The Sounds and Meanings of Robin Songs/Calls
 
An organism's behavior evolves through adaptation to its environment. How a species moves, obtains food, reproduces, and responds to danger are based in the species' evolutionary history. (5-8) Worm Hunt! Collecting and Observing Earthworms
Watch for Migrating Earthworms
Toxic Lunches
Robins and Waxwings in Winter and Summer: Comparing Behaviors
DIVERSITY AND ADAPTATIONS
Biological evolution accounts for the diversity of species through gradual processes over many generations. Species acquire many of their unique characteristics through biological adaptation, which involves the selection of naturally occurring variations in populations. Biological adaptations include changes in structures, behaviors, or physiology that enhance survival and reproductive success in a particular environment. (5-8) Toxic Lunches
EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE
CHANGES IN THE EARTH AND SKY
Weather changes from day to day and over the seasons. Weather can be described by measurable quantities, such as temperature, wind direction and speed, and precipitation. (K-4) Spring Fever: Testing a Temperature Theory About Robin Migration
Analyzing Weather and Robin Migration
Making Sense of Robin Migration
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
UNDERSTANDING ABOUT SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
People have always had questions about their world. Science is one way of answering questions and explaining the natural world. (K-4+) Spring Fever: Testing a Temperature Theory About Robin Migration
Which Senses Do Robins Use to Find Worms?
Women and men of all ages, backgrounds, and groups engage in a variety of scientific and technological work. (K-4+) Meet a Robin Bander

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