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KS3 Science: Glimpses of Bird Life (1910)

Birds and classification.

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Author Ryan Deneven-Lewis
Topic Classification
Curriculum linksNC KS3 SC2 Life Processes and Living Things

British native bird species in their natural habitat, filmed in Wales, Scotland, the Farne Islands, Orkney and the Shetlands.

Glimpses of Bird Life (1910), which allows students to see a variety of different birds in their natural habitats, could be used after pupils have been introduced to classification and adaptation to help extend their understanding.



As pupils watch the film, ask them to note down the key characteristics of at least one species of bird. Alternatively, give them the key features of 3 different species and ask them to identify them as the film plays.

Now, give pupils a table that allows them to classify the (selected) birds from the film (the film shows: guillemots, gulls, puffins, gannets, a sparrow-hawk, baby buzzards, a reed-warbler, cuckoo, turtle dove, hooded raven and the Richardson's Skua).

These tables of observations can then be used to construct a classification key for the birds.


Some more ideas

  • What can students learn from the film about how certain birds have adapted to their different environments.
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Complete film (6:48)

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See also

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Study how the otter has adapted to its natural environment.