The 4-H GROW Program through University of Tennessee Extension is funded by the National 4-H Council,
and it focuses on science and healthy living projects for youth. The
goals are to give 10-15 year olds decision-making skills, communication
skills, and increase their interest, engagement and attitudes toward
science. Currently, the 4-H GROW Program has been focused on utilizing
Robotics, Healthy Living, and Citizen Science in schools, camps, and
community groups to achieve these goals.
The flagship of the 4-H GROW program, currently operating in 8 middle schools in Davidson County, is Citizen Science: Birding
Through an inquiry-based approach to learning about local birds, this
program aims to engender an appreciation for diversity in backyard
birds. By developing basic identification skills, classes will gradually
become local experts on their ecological patch. Upon completion of this
program, groups will be comfortable identifying common birds and
entering the data into eBird.org
, a citizen-science online checklist and database created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
and National Audubon Society
• Students will use learning about birds to experience a variety of concepts in STEM.
• Students will gain skills in field identification of birds through the use of binoculars and field guides.
Students will become Citizen Scientists, contributing precise and
accurate data into eBird in order to be used by professional scientists
in order to better understand bird abundance and diversity.
• Students will create a schoolyard field guide, adding one common bird drawing and description during each meeting.
Students will set up and take ownership of a permanent community bird
garden, and their eBird account to continue taking data.
Typical Class (45 – 100 mins)
the course of 10-12 class meetings, students will be exposed to a
variety of topics in Healthy Living and STEM through the following class
Do Now: Students are given a local bird
species to look up in the field guide, draw, and write three facts
about. Students also eat a learn about a healthy snack. (10-15 mins)
Short presentation or activity on bird conservation, threats,
adaptations, identification, feeder set-up and cleaning, etc. (detailed
on next page) (10 – 45 mins)
Birding walk: Collecting data on local bird diversity and abundance. (10-30 mins)
eBirding: Entering class data together, submitting for use by scientists. (10-20 mins)
Review + Trivia:
Either as an Exit Ticket, or oral recall, students will show their
learning from the period. A question will be posed and reviewed during
the next class, giving incentive to students who get it right.
Correlations to Tennessee science standards are available. Whether it’s through adapting the program for your organization for a one-time weekend event, a school break camp, or continuing community series, we are very willing to work with your needs. As with most Extension programs, this would be entirely free. Please contact us today!
Extension Agent Andy Lantz
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