Exploring Birds: Feathers, Beaks, and Flight

by  Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Program image

Uncover the adaptations a bird has that allows it to interact with its
environment in a unique and successful way. What's going on under all
those feathers? And is a beak better than teeth?  Students will explore animal senses in order to make connections to multiple adaptations and traits that are special to birds. Each program is customized, based on the grade level of your group. Come be an
ornithologist with us!

Program Rating

This program has not yet been evaluated.
Book it!

About This Program


Multipoint: $250.00
Multipoint Premium: $250.00
Point to Point: $200.00
Point to Point Premium: $200.00
By Request: $200.00
By Request Premium: $200.00


1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3, 4

Minimum participants:

Ummm... two?

Maximum participants:

For maximum interaction, we suggest no more than 30 students per connection.

Primary Disciplines

Literacy, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

http://perkins.cmnh.org/ http://perkins.cmnh.org/perkins-wildlife-home/wildlife

Booking Information

Book it!

Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

We politely request 2 weeks' notice if you must cancel a scheduled program.

About This Provider

Content Provider logo


Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland, OH
United States

Our Mission Statement: To inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health, and leadership to a sustainable future.
CMNH programs address appropriate Revised Ohio Academic Content Standards in Science and Social Studies, and the National Health Education Standards.

Education Division

Program Details


1.) Students are given an introduction to the museum and our Perkins Wildlife Center.
2.) Real specimens, including skulls, feathers, and taxidermy mounts are featured.
3.) Students are challenged to use their 5 senses to compare with the ways birds use their senses to find food and shelter.
4.) Videos of our animal ambassadors are shown, illustrating different Ohio habitats.
5.) Q & A is handled during the program.


• Students will be able to identify what differentiates a bird from the other animal groups based on their characteristics
• Students will be able to identify adaptations a bird has in relation to the five senses and how they help them survive
• Students will be asked to describe clues that led scientists to realize that birds are related to the larger dinosaurs that have gone extinct.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

See Ohio State standards below.

State Standards

Ohio’s Learning Standards
Grade 1: Life Science - Basic Needs of Living Things
• Living things have basic needs, which are met by obtaining materials from the physical environment
• Living things survive only in environments that meet their needs
Mathematics Criteria Area 1
• Developing understanding of addition, subtraction, and strategies for addition and subtraction within 20
English Language Arts
• RI.1.3. Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information
• SL.1.2. Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented in various media and other formats (e.g., orally)
Grade 2: Life Science - Interactions within Habitats • Ecosystems are sustained by the balanced interactions between its biotic and abiotic factors • Just as living things impact the environment in which they live, the environment impacts living things. • Living things cause changes on Earth • All organisms alive today result from their ancestors, some of which may be extinct. Not all kinds of organisms that lived in the past are represented by living organisms today
Mathematics Criteria Area 2
• Building fluency with addition and subtraction
English Language Arts
• RI.2.3. Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text
• SL.2.2. Retell of describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented in various media and other formats (e.g., orally)
Grade 3: Life Science - Behavior, Growth and Changes
• Plants and animals have life cycles that are part of their adaptations for survival in their natural environments
• Organisms’ physical and behavioral traits affect their ability to survive and reproduce
• Differences in inherited traits give some individuals an advantage in surviving and/or reproducing
Mathematics Criteria Area 1
• Developing understanding of multiplication and division and strategies for multiplication and division within 100
English Language Arts
• RI.3.9. Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic
• SL.3.3. Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.
Grade 4: Life Science – Earth’s Living History
• Suitable habitats depend upon a combination of biotic & abiotic factors
• Changes in an organism’s environment are sometimes beneficial to its survival and sometimes harmful
• Fossils can be compared [to one another and] to present-day organisms according to their similarities and differences
Mathematics Criteria Areas 1 and 2
• Developing an understanding and fluency with multi-digit multiplication, and developing understanding of dividing to find quotients involving multi-digit dividends as part of effectively and efficiently performing multi-digit arithmetic
• Developing an understanding of fraction equivalence, addition and subtraction of fractions with like denominators, and multiplication of fractions by whole numbers
English Language Arts
• RI. 4.6. Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in perspective and the information provided
• SL.4.3. identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points