All about Hummingbirds

All about Hummingbirds

Author: Veronica Avila

Reading standards for informational texts K-5. "Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently" (CCSS page 16).

Listening and speaking standards K-5. "Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly" (CCSS page 29).

The objective is to have students learn key words and details about hummingbirds and to memorize this data so that it can assist students in passing their quiz at the end of this tutorial. Students will have 4 different stations in which they will be expected to work together with their peers and they will be expected to fully communicate their ideas, opinions, and facts about hummingbirds on both their quiz portion of this assignment and with the partner share portion of this assignment.



California Common Core State Standards English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects. Retrieved May 6, 2015.

YouTube documentary. All about hummingbirds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b7S5mspnXE

25 fun facts about hummingbirds. Retrieved May 6, 2015. http://birding.about.com/od/birdprofiles/a/hummingbirdfacts.htm 

YouTube video: Hummingbirds- chirping their songYouTube video: Hummingbirds- chirping their song. Retrieved May 6, 2015.







I will present the topic to the class as a whole. I will read a book on all about hummingbirds to the class. We will review vocabulary words and comprehension questions from the story. I will write a word list of all of the words we reviewed. Then I will write 3 sentence frames such as Hummingbirds make their nest with ________________, and The faster flying birds are the ______________________, and One of the _______________ birds in the world is the hummingbird. I will have student volunteers state their answers out loud and then to come up to the board and  write their answer in the blank spaces of the sentence frames. Afterwards we will all read the sentences out loud as a  class.

Next students and I will review the rules for each station. I will model what is expected of each student for each station. Then I will have students move to their stations and I will begin the timer. Each group will have a total of 20 minutes to complete each task. If they complete their tasks early, students are expected to partner share data that they have gathered.

Station 1:

 Students will read a book about hummingbirds with their peers/group . They will partner share what they have read and they will write down data, key words, and facts from the book read.

Station 2:

Students will watch a video about hummingbirds. They will write down data, key words and facts about the hummingbird. They will partner share what they have read at the end of this assignment if time permits. The video is picked out for them already it is the documentary about hummingbirds.

Station 3:

Students will use specific websites provided by me and they will look up facts about hummingbirds. They will partner review with their classmates and they will write down facts that they have learned. Websites will be 25 fun facts about hummingbirds and the hummingbirds chirping website.

Station 4:

Students will have a short quiz on computers. They will be asked simple true or false questions about hummingbirds and they will be asked several multiple choice questions about hummingbirds. This will be an open book exam and notes written will be permitted for this quiz, however, the quiz will be timed so students will have to answer questions before the time allowed is over.

For the final part of this lesson we will go over the questions and answers from our quiz. We will have time to review and to talk about what the students enjoyed about the hummingbirds and what they did not enjoy about the hummingbirds. We will then write a one to two page report on what students learned about hummingbirds. Time allotted for this portion of our assignment will be approximately 30 minutes.


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Hummingbirds: Documentary on the Secrets of Hummingbirds

This video shows how hummingbirds live, what they do and what they eat. It is a visual and audio addition to this lesson which offers a lot of excellent key words and detailed data that students will need while learning about hummingbirds. Students will have an opportunity to learn about hummingbirds in a fun, visual manner while watching this video, so for those students who are more visual and audio than hands on; this will enhance their learning style in a manner that feels comfortable to them. This video also offers another way to learn material/facts besides sitting there just listening to the teacher speak or read.

Source: Hummingbirds: Documentary on the Secrets of Hummingbirds. (n.d.) Retrieved. March 28, 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b7S5mspnXE

25 fun facts about hummingbirds

Source: Mayntz, M. (n.d.). 25 Fun and Unusual Facts About Hummingbirds. Retrieved May 5, 2015, from http://birding.about.com/od/birdprofiles/a/hummingbirdfacts.htm

YouTube video: Hummingbirds- chirping their songYouTube video: Hummingbirds- chirping their song

Source: YouTube video. Retrieved May 6, 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CcUO9MdFpg

All about hummingbirds

Using this lesson and the technology in this lesson how can students learn facts about the hummingbirds data that they had not acquired in the past and

All about hummingbirds

My question to students is, do you feel that the hummingbird is a fascinating bird based on all of the information that you have learned? Based on all of the facts, key words, and data do you feel that the hummingbird is a tiny specimen who is extremely fascinating and who is extremely self-sufficient?