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Baby Robins in the Nest

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Introduction

Bulging eyes, gaping beaks and bare pink skin—baby robins are a sight to behold! OBSERVE and WONDER as you explore the images in the Photo Gallery. Discover facts when you read the article together.

Essential Question:
What happens after robin babies hatch out of their eggs?

Set the Stage for Learning
1. Preview images in the Photo Gallery. On large chart paper, post the essential question: What happens after robin babies hatch out of their eggs? Have students make pre-reading predictions based on details they see in the photos.

2. Preview vocabulary using Word Cards. Have students work with a partner to read aloud each word. Have them predict how the words may be related to the essential question: What happens after robin babies hatch out of their eggs?

 

Reading the Article
As a class read through the article together, stopping occasionally to spotlight key words and ideas or ask questions. Encourage students to share questions sparked by the information and images. Baby Robins Hatched and Hungry: Article
Revisit for Understanding

1. Reread the selection together. Have students identify sentences that give facts specific to the essential questions. Challenge them to summarize main ideas and key details.

2. Write fact captions. Print out images from the Photo Gallery. Have students cut out the photos and adhere them to an index card. Have them write captions that describe facts they learned from the article.

3. Read with fluency and expression. Pair students. Provide them with a copy of the article. Invite them to read aloud the text together in a variety of ways.

4. Ask Reflective Questions. Encourage readers to think beyond the text with questions like these:

  • What words best describe newly-hatched nestlings?
  • Why does mother robin delay sitting on the eggs until all are laid? (She wants them to develop and hatch at the same time. It is the most efficient way.)
  • Why do you think baby robins grow so fast? They are the size of their parents in just two weeks! (The summers are short breeding seasons, and the parents have 2 to 4 nests of babies to raise. Babies need to move out to make way for more.)
Wrap Up
1. Explore Facts About Newly-Hatched Chicks

ABC's of Baby Robins
Altricial, brood, clutch: these words are related to baby robins. How many words related to baby robins have you collected? List and organize key words on an ABC chart. Compare your completed chart with the sample chart provided. Then share your words and facts in creative ways: an alphabet book, tongue-twister sentences, a jeopardy game, or anything that will get your friends and family on board with baby robins—and YOU as the expert!

123's of Baby Robins
How big? How long? How many? How much? Collect and organize numbers related to baby robins. Use the number facts and images from the photo gallery to create a detailed timeline of the robin's nesting cycle.

ABC's of Baby Robins

2. Observe and Wonder! Go outside for an Observe-and-Wonder Walk with notebooks and pencils. Look for places a robin family would build a nest. Which places would make the best nursery?

3. Track Robin Migration With Journey North
As robins spread throughout their breeding range, predict when and where they will travel. When will they reach your hometown?

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