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Science offers many opportunities to connect critical thinking, literacy and nature, sometimes in novel ways.
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Found on April 20, 2020 on the ground under a tall tree. What could it be?
Kids: What do you guess you see?
Adults: Please, neither confirm nor deny. If your child knows you can say "Let's see if we agree with what teacher Sherree shows us."

More hints (clues, evidence, information)  follows.
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Kids: What do you guess now? Have your ideas changed?
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Remember that Spring is a time for ground-nesting birds to have young, too, and for most young birds to be fledging (leaving the nest), so please keep cats indoors.

Some kids see robins and robin egg shells around. I hope you all see some robin egg shells or other egg shells on the ground, and both young robins and adult robins.
Look at these Audubon Society photos of American Robins at different ages.

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How are the birds different? The same?
Look at the: feathers (color, pattern); wings (length, color); beak (shape, size); legs (length).
  • Which one do you guess is the baby (nestling)? Why?
  • Which one is the tween (fledgling)? Why?
  • Which is the teenager (sub-adult)?
  • Which is the adult?
Click on the pictures for more information.
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The Audubon Society has more information about the American Robin, such as how long it takes eggs to hatch and for young to fledge, also parenting and diet.
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