If you – or your students – have ever pondered a small brown bird and wondered, "Is that a sparrow or a wren? Or a finch – and just what is a finch, anyway?" then this downloadable e-book is for you. Unlike field guides, you don't have to know the bird's order or family; this guide relies on picture identification, so it's perfect for little hands and curious minds.
In addition to looking like a genius because you can immediately quote the Latin name, family and order, habitat, body description and diet of more than 90 of the most common eastern birds, you'll also learn all sorts of cool stuff about birds, like which beautiful bird migrates by the stars and which is known as the “butcher bird.” You'll learn which little black-capped bird says its name and which transplant from Asia is listed on the invasive species list. You'll also learn which brown-headed bird lays its eggs in other birds' nest – and retaliates if the eggs are tossed out.
Print the cards on cardstock, cut them out (and keep them arranged by order) and insert them in a 4 x 6 photobook you can buy for $1 at a craft store. Keep them in your classroom, in your car, near birdfeeders – anywhere you see birds and hear the question, "Hey, what's that bird?"