This activity will take the place of 5 one- hour class periods (5 hours total). All lessons are included in the teacher's Activity 3 guide below.
The purpose of this activity is to allow students to investigate adaptive behaviors of birds in urban environments. In this activity, students will conduct a small, guided experiment in which they record the songs of birds near their school using microphones and digital recorders. They will learn how to analyze these songs using the sound-analysis software Raven Lite. Students will also interpret the data based on analyses from readings done prior to conducting the experiment.
The first lesson will introduce students to behavioral adaptations birds have developed in cities. It will also allow students to familiarize themselves with sound equipment.
The second and third lesson will have students use sound equipment and computers in class to record, upload, and analyze sound files into Raven Lite.
The fourth lesson will have students go out into the field/ local environment to record actual bird songs.
The fifth lesson will have students upload and analyze their bird song recordings, comparing them to songs of rural birds.
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