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By the end of this unit students will be able to:

Learning Objective 1:  

Ø  Label a diagram of a representative bird with a least 15 morphological key terms (Knowledge)

 

Learning objective 2:

Ø  To classify 5 members of the class Aves in their respective and proper order (knowledge)

 

Learning objective 3:

Ø  To list least 15 useful functions of birds to humans  (eg. In agriculture, medicine, economy, landscape, health etc.)(knowledge)

 

Learning objective 4:

Ø  To identify at least 10 birds belonging to different Orders, by look, and by HABITATS (including terrestrial (arboreal, ground, tree cavities etc.), aquatic (eg. river, open ocean etc.) (knowledge - comprehension)

 

Learning objective 5

Ø  To understand the mechanism of flight and assess the evolution of wings  in birds (comprehension and synthesis)

 

Learning objective 6:

Ø  To recognize the anatomical structures of the birds as related to their functions  and compare to mammals (such as humans) and reptiles (Knowledge and analysis)

 

Learning objective 7

 

Ø  To predict the effects of population decline of beneficial birds on human society to understand the current  conservation status of birds,  (synthesis and comprehension)

 

Learning objectives 8

 

Ø   To build arguments for and against caged poultry treatment in rural farms in the major poultry producing states (evaluation)

 

Learning objective 9:

 

Ø   To compare the metabolism of birds and reptiles; in particular indicate the importance of different types of bird feathers in their metabolism (analysis)

 

Learning objective 10:

Ø  To understand the mechanism of evolution in birds and be able to compare that to other animals systems (mammal and bird co-evolution)

 

Learning Objective

 

Taxonomy Level/Category

Learning Activities

Formative Assessments

Summative Assessment

 

 

1

Knowledge

Lecture with diagrams describing the morphology of the bird

 

 

 

 

·         Match the pair  writing exercise

·         Labeling activity: (individual work) : students need to label a bird diagram with the right terms

EXAM Q #3: Match the pairs

 

EXAM Q #4: Indicate the name of this bird and label the parts

2

 

Knowledge

Lecture that explains the Latin roots of Bird orders to help memorize the different orders considered in this course

 

 

 

·         Class- Guessing activities: Students have to match the bird with their Order name.

 

Quiz: Multiple choice question

3

 

Knowledge

 

In class Reading assignment where students learn about the usefulness of birds in human life – per group establish the points on a scrap paper and mark on the board the class findings

 

 

Quiz: Multiple choice question

 

4

Comprehension

Homework Online (warm-up activities) individual search of  assigned bird common name and its full classification, habitat, type of food, geographical range, hatch size)

 

Synthesis/writing assignment: What birds would you likely see  in a freshwater pond, indicate their Order and give examples of birds

 

Clickers – video flashcards of the class birds with orders

·         In-class Two minutes individual oral presentation on individual  bird (homework)

·         IF-ATs group exercise based on the birds information from oral presentation

·         Exercise to associate birds with their habitat/ food/ORDER

EXAM Q #1: Essay question: What types of birds (give at least 5 birds from different Orders) would you likely to see in the backyards of Raleigh, NC and explain why? (know, synthesize, write)

 

EXAM Q#2: VENN DIAGRAM comparing perching birds and  birds of prey

 

5

Synthesis

Using drawing, compare the structural characteristics of a bird's wing to the wing of an airplane. Describe some of the significant similarities and differences between the two wing types

 

 

 

 

 

6

Synthesis

Lecture: anatomical structure of birds as related to function: feathers, gizzards, heart

 

Lecture on what makes bird anatomy different – compare with humans, other mammals

 

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7

Evaluation

 

How to build arguments?

Discussion

 

 

 

8

 

Flash card(group activities

 

 

 

9

 

 

Movie on cold-blood vs. warm blood organism

 

Discussion on the movie: group work

 

 

 

10

Comprehension and analysis

Quiz driven lecture on evolution -

GROUP HOMEWORK ACTIVITY: Using INTERNET resources, find information showing co-evolution between birds and mammals. What types of relationships have influenced these evolutionary patterns? Describe ways in which mammals may have affected the evolution of flight.

 

 

 

 

The Assigned birds for the class of 25:

SUPERORDER NEOGNATHAE

Order Peciformes) Woodpeckers, falcons

(Order Gaviiformes)Divers and loons

(Order Pelicaniformes )Pelicans, cormorants, frigate birds

(Order Ciconiiformes)Herons, egrets, flamingo, storks

(Order Anseriformes)Ducks, swans, geese, teals, pochards

Order Falconiformes: Falcon, eagles, Kite, buzzard, hawks, vultures

Order Galliformes: turkey, pheasants, peacocks, fowls

Order Columbiformes: pigeons, doves, dodo, sandgrouse

Order Psittaciformes: parrots, macaws, parakeet, cocatoo

Order Strigiformes: Owls

Order Passeriformes (perching birds) : skylarks, swallows, kngithtingale, flycatchers, warblers, blue jay, Robin, cardinal, crow

SUPERORDER IMPENNAE

Order Sphenisciformes: penguin

SUPERORDER PALEOGNATHAE

Order Struthioniformes: African Ostrich

Order Apterygiformes: Kiwi+

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