United Tweets of America

Make learning about state facts fun! Hold a classroom pageant of state birds dressed up like you have never them seen before.

  • 1.

    Fill the classroom with the birds that represent our states. Read the book “United Tweets of America” with students. Inspire them to look at our state birds in a comical way.

  • 2.

    Assign each student a state. Have students research and record facts about the state and bird.

  • 3.

    Using information from their research, have students think of a creative way to costume their state bird that would represent the state in a comical way. Use the book “United Tweets of America” as a reference.

  • 4.

    Students draw and color the state birds using Crayola® Washable Markers.

  • 5.

    Cut out the birds with Crayola Scissors.

  • 6.

    Cut out a paper banner and write the state name and the type of bird with Crayola Washable Markers.

  • 7.

    Glue the bird to the banner with a Crayola Glue Stick.

  • 8.

    Decorate the classroom with the comical state birds. Set up a bulletin board or hang the birds from the ceiling with string.

Standards

  • LA: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
  • LA: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • LA: Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
  • LA: Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
  • LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • LA: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
  • SCI: Ask questions about the natural and human-built world.
  • SS: Identify examples of institutions and describe the interactions of people with institutions.
  • SS: Give examples of the role of institutions in furthering both continuity and change.
  • SS: Use appropriate resources, data sources, and geographic tools such as atlases, data bases, grid systems, charts, graphs, and maps to generate, manipulate, and interpret information.
  • VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.

Adaptations

  • Hold an America Tweets pageant in the classroom. Have each student represent a bird as a contestant competing with facts, representation of visual appearance, and bird sounds.
  • Take students to a local wildlife conservatory or zoo to see a presentation of some of the state birds.
  • Classroom resources include: National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America: The Best Birding Book for Kids from National Geographic's Bird Experts by Jonathan Adlerfer and The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon by Jacqueline Davies.