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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.

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    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.


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  • Change.
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