As part of the motivation for this lesson, students watch the video, and then retell the story in a circle as a class—going around two times if you like to practice the story and understand the organization of the bird's life cycle. Student #1 reads a statement, and turns to Student #2, prompting him or her to complete the sentence with a word or phrase—or asking for help. Then Student #2 reads Sentence #2 and turns to Student #3 to complete it. Students should repeat this process, reading a sentence and asking a student to complete it until all of the sentences have been completed.
- High up in the redwood trees there lives a mysterious bird called a Marbled Murrelet.
- The adult Marbled Murrelet lives in the sea.
- In the sea, it eats fish, which it catches by diving under water. It moves through the water by swimming with its wings.
- Baby Marbled Murrelets spend their first month of life in a tree, 300 feet above ground.
- While they are there, they eat fish.
- They get fish from their parents.
- The parents fly to the ocean, dive in, and bring fish back to the babies.
- Babies need protection from predators.
- One kind of enemy is a Stellar's jay that wants to eat them and will attack.
- Even though the parents are gone every day for many hours, the baby murrelets stay safe because they are camouflaged.
- Camouflaged means their baby feathers help them blend in with the leaves and shadows of the tree.
- After about 30 days, which is one month, the baby picks its feathers off with its beak.
- The baby feathers fall onto the tree branches where they rot, or decay.
- All the decayed things mix together to make soil for plants to grow in.
- The baby bird is not naked! It has beautiful new adult flight feathers.
- Now it can fly—to the sea! And be with other Marbled Murrelets.
This teacher sheet is a part of the A Seabird in the Forest