Bird Report Assignment

February 3, 2015
Dear Parents,
Our Grade 2 class have been studying a variety of birds, and specific characteristics of birds. Each child has chosen a different bird. The requirements are:
A rough draft or first copy of factual bird sentences is due the week of February 23rd (about 3weeks or before; just the 20 or more sentences; no pictures or cover page). The completed report, with cover page, bibliography (resources), hand drawn picture of the bird, all of the neatly written factual sentences under each proper heading, and a 3-D bird model, is due the week of March 2nd. The children will be presenting a few interesting facts from their reports and their projects in front of parents and all the students on Friday, March 13th in the afternoon, around 1:45 p.m. This is the last day before Spring Break.

The following are the requirements (syllabus):
Choose one particular bird and do a written report on that bird (not the bluebird). The following are the 4 topics or headings that need to be included in the report. Make sure you have 5 (or more) sentences in paragraph form for each heading (20 or more sentences in all).

1. Appearance: Describe your bird’s size, shape, colors, and any distinct markings in 5 or more sentences in paragraph form (worth 15 points).
2. Location (area) – Name the countries, states, and/or continents where your bird can be found in 5 or more sentences in paragraph form (worth 15 points).
3. Habitat – Describe the type of nest your bird builds; the materials used, where it finds these materials, which bird makes the nest in 5 or more sentences in paragraph form (worth 15 points).
4. Food: Describe what your bird eats and where it finds its food in 5 or more sentences in paragraph form (worth 15 points).
5. Include a colored hand – drawn picture of your bird in its habitat on a separate page (worth 5 points).
6. Design an interesting cover page – include your bird’s name in the center of the page and then print your name and date in the right hand corner of this page (5 points).
7. List your resources – bibliography – book titles and authors used or Internet addresses on a separate page. Book titles and authors start with capital letters (worth 5 points).
8. Make sure you use correct spelling in neatly written sentences. Please practice reading your report at home and become familiar with how to pronounce all of the words and be able to explain any unusual words. We would like to hear you read your report to the class. Do not copy every single word from any book or resource (that’s called plagiarism or cheating); put the facts into your own sentences. Your parents may provide help with your report, but you have to write the sentences or type them by yourself (worth 15 points).
9. Make a 3-D model of your bird. (worth 10 points).
10. A rough draft of your 20 sentences or more needs to be handed in by February 23rd or before.
11. Extra credit will be given for: #1. Make a hand – drawn colored map of the location of your bird’s habitat (home) including the names of countries, states, or continents; or #2. Make a 3-D habitat model with your 3-D bird.
12. Please keep these requirements (syllabus) in a safe place so that you will know what to put into your bird report.
13. Remember that the complete report and project are due by the end of the week of March 6th
14. On the last day before Spring Break each student will choose 3 interesting facts that they learned about their bird and share them with parents and other school students, at the end of the day on Friday, March 13, at 1:45 p.m.
15. After this presentation, all bird reports and projects need to go home before the Spring Break.

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