Package 2 - K - 2 Science - Wetland birds

Your child will engage with three short videos about wetland birds from the rangers at Sydney Olympic Park. Learn about the history of Homebush Bay, meet an ecologist, complete your own birdwatching survey, explore the adaptations of the ibis and watch an ibis ceremonial dance.

Week 6 - Package 2 - K - 2 Science - Wetland birds

Things your child will need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.


Back up

Download or print the PDF for making your own binoculars.

Before your child starts

This learning package involves three videos that have been created by Sydney Olympic Park Authority. Each short video has an activity based on the content. The activities are explained in the next section. To begin with, here are some questions to ask your child before watching the videos.

Things to think about:

  • Where is Sydney Olympic Park located? How far is it from where we live?

  • Do you know what a wetland is?

  • Do you live near a wetland?

  • Have you ever seen birds that live near the beach or water?

  • Have you ever seen birds in your backyard or at school?

  • Do you have a favourite bird?

What your child needs to do

Video 1 - History of Homebush Bay and meet the ecologist

  1. Watch the History of Homebush Bay and Meet the Ecologist video.

  2. Ask your child these questions and discuss their answers with them:

  • Name 3 birds that live at the Waterbird Refuge at Sydney Olympic Park?

  • What can hurt these waterbirds?

  • How can you help to keep the Waterbird Refuge clean?

  • Who helps to look after the Waterbird Refuge at Sydney Olympic Park?

Video 2 - Birdwatching and bird survey

  1. Watch the Birdwatching and bird survey video.

  2. Go outside and see if you can listen and look for birds in your school yard and try to name them.

  3. To conduct a bird survey at school or in your backyard, help your child to count how many birds they can see and tally how many they see and hear. Use Activity sheet 1 to record your results.

  4. Make your own binoculars by following these instructions. You can also watch Mini Park Rangers: Let's go birdwatching which will show you how to make your own binoculars.

Video 3 - Aussie backyard - bird count

  1. Watch the Aussie backyard - bird count video.

  2. Complete Activity sheet 2 below by labelling the ibis.

  3. Add more labels to different parts of the body.

What your child can do next

After you watch the Ibis Ceremonial Dance video, students can learn the moves and perform the dance.

Found out more about bird watching through this Aussie bird count lesson plan.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

  • Rewatch the video and pause to ask your children the questions listed, as the information appears in the video.

  • Go outside and see if you can listen and look for birds in your backyard. Help your child to count how many birds they can see.

  • Allow your child to rewatch the ibis ceremonial dance and follow along at home.

Activity too easy?

  • Help your child to research some of the birds found at Sydney Olympic Park in more detail.

  • Add another column to the bird survey that allows your child to record the behaviour of the birds that they observe.

  • Find out more information about the ibis and their natural habitats.

Extension/additional activity

Discover more about Sydney Olympic Park at ParkLIVE by learning about the unique wildlife and environments. On the website you can find virtual tours, mini park ranger sessions, wildlife snapshots and more!

Activity sheet 1: Bird survey

Bird Name Tally Total




Activity sheet 2: Label the ibis

On the diagram below label:

  1. Beak

  2. Feet

  3. Feathers

Image of an ibis with the text long legs and an arrow pointing to the legs

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