Characteristics of birds

Characteristics of birds

I can describe birds by their characteristics.

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Characteristics of birds

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In this lesson, students learn about the characteristics of birds which include legs, wings, and a beak. They’ll be able to identify birds and non-birds and accurately describe their features. The lesson includes fun and engaging activities like an “I spy…” game and a maze!



Learning Objective

Students will be able to describe the features of birds and correctly identify them.


To begin, students observe four images of birds and think of what they all have in common. Move the cover to reveal that all of these animals are birds and that they all share the same characteristics.


Explain what characteristics are and begin to list and explain the characteristics of birds: Birds have 2 legs, 2 wings, and a beak. They also have feathers, are warm-blooded, and they lay eggs. Explain that some birds like penguins cannot fly. Students then drag the characteristics to the boxes on the graphic organizer. After this, students will participate in an "I spy..." game. They will drag the magnifying glass to all of the birds they see hidden in the picture. You can drag the image aside to see the answers underneath. Next, have students drag the body parts to the correct places to label the bird. Then read the passage and fill in the blanks by dragging the correct words. Finally, students complete a maze and try to get the bird to her nest by following the path with bird characteristics.


Students respond to ten multiple-choice questions about the characteristics of birds. They will also look at pictures of different animals and decide which are birds and which are not.


Students must write to Darryl the Dog explaining why he is not a bird. They should explain in writing and can also label the picture. This activity comes with an optional printable worksheet.

Instruction materials

There is a printable worksheet for the closing activity.

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