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Bird Watching and Research Library Center (Printable)


Grade Levels:
2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, and 5th Grade

Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Teaching Duration:
Yearlong Tool

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Your students will learn about different bird species while formulating and answering research questions at this library center. Students can watch a real birdfeeder attached to a window in your library (if available), or access one of the live video feeds from the Cornell Lab Bird Cams.

This is the PRINTABLE version of the center designed to use with paper​ Research Notebooks that students complete and hand in for feedback and assessment.

Resource Requirements: ​You will need access to books, ebooks, and/or online websites about birds for students to complete their research. I have included ​space for both print books and online databases in the bibliography section of the Research Notebooks, but ​a collection of reliable websites would also suffice depending on your students’ needs and research skills level.

This library center has 30 slides / pages, and it includes:

  • Bird Watching and Research Library Center printable sign with learning targets and “I will” statement directions, and standards addressed
    • Editable in Microsoft PowerPoint .pptx file format
    • 8.5″ x 11″ letter-size paper, includes both landscape and portrait versions
    • Excerpt of standards addressed
    • Easy-to-print PDF file format also included.
  • Two (2) Printable Observation and Research Notebooks for students to take notes and answer questions
    • Editable in Microsoft PowerPoint .pptx and Microsoft Publisher .pub file formats
    • 8.5″ x 11″ letter-size paper; printed double-sided, folded in half, and stapled into a 5.5″ x 8.5″ booklet
    • Either or both Research Notebooks can be used with students in various grades or at different ability levels to differentiate your instruction.
    • “Simple” Research Notebook
      • 2 pages, printed on 1 sheet of paper,
      • Simpler bibliography, and
      • Shorter research section.
    • “In-Depth” Research Notebook
      • 4 pages, printed on 2 sheets of paper,
      • Full MLA citations for the bibliography, and
      • Longer, more in-depth research process.
  • “How to Write a Resource Citation” tutorial / help signs for writing elementary-friendly MLA citations
    • Editable in Microsoft PowerPoint .pptx file format
    • Easy-to-print PDF file format also included.
    • 8.5″ x 11″ letter-size paper, including both landscape and portrait versions
    • 11″ x 17″ paper size for printing as a small poster
    • ​Includes citation examples for books/ebooks, databases, and other general websites using
  • Comprehensive, editable Lesson Plan for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades is editable in Microsoft Word .docx file format, aligned to:
    • AASL National School Library Standards for Learners,
    • National Common Core ELA Standards, and
    • Pennsylvania Core ELA Standards.
  • Supplies list (included in the preview) with links to recommended bird feeders and bird seed that discourages squirrels
  • Teacher’s Notes with more resources and information to help you set up and use the library center in a new or existing library centers structure.

Standards Addressed:

AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text. 

  • Inquire – A.1. – A.2. – B.1. – B.3. – C.1. – D.1. – D.2.
  • Collaborate – A.2. – B.1. – B.2. – D.1.
  • Curate – A.1. – A.2. – A.3. – B.1. – C.1.
  • Engage – A.1. – A.2. – A.3. – B.1. – B.2.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.5. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.5.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.7.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.9. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.9.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.7. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.7. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.2.8. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.8. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.8. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.8.

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© Mrs. J in the Library – By purchasing this product, you receive a one-user license. Copying or distributing to others is prohibited.  ​See our Site Terms of Use for more information. For teacher-librarians: You may use this product with all of your classes and students.

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Grade Levels

2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade


Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Lesson Plan Included?

Yes, with AASL Standards

Teaching Duration

Anytime or throughout the year


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Hi there! I'm Collette Jakubowicz, the owner and founder of Mrs. J in the Library.
I'm a certified teacher-librarian with over 15 years of teaching experience in elementary school libraries. I believe school libraries staffed by professional teacher-librarians should inspire and empower students to create, as well as read, research, and think critically.

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