Students will view clips from a Wild TV segment about feral monk
parakeets living in Brooklyn. They will take an online quiz as a baseline
self-assessment. Teams will then use the Internet to research monk parakeet
behavior, share their findings as a jigsaw, re-take their baseline self-assessment,
and reflect on what they have learned. The lesson will close with teams
using the Internet to examine studies by other students, designing their
own behavioral study, and sharing their proposals in a poster session.
Students will be able to:
- Use the Internet to research the behavior and ecology of feral monk
- Design a monk parakeet behavioral study
- Post their results to a Web page
Science Education Standards, 5-8, National Research Council, 1996
Develop abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry; understandings about
Develop an understanding of the characteristics of organisms, life cycles
of organisms, and organisms and environments
New York City Middle School English-Language Arts Standards
Reading: Read and comprehend informational materials
Educational Technology Standards for Students
Standard 4. Technology Communications Tools
Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact
with peers, experts, and other audiences.
Standard 5. Technology Research Tools
Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from
a variety of sources.
Students use technology tools to process data and report results.
Wild TV #1: Wildlife in the City
Nature #1511: Wild Side of New York
Parakeet Project Web Page, Brooklyn College
This site presents research on feral monk parakeets in Brooklyn by graduate
students in the Masters Program in Elementary Science & Environmental
Education at Brooklyn College, with special emphasis on location, behavior,
and food. It also includes a lesson plan to research the monk parakeets.
This Web site includes photos, audio recordings, and comments about
wild quakers (monk parakeets) and other parrots seen in backyards, mainly
in South Florida. It also contains over 50 articles on keeping monk
parakeets as pets.
Birds of North America
This Web page includes excerpts from Birds of North America: The Monk
Parakeet, by Mark F. Spreyer and Enrique H. Bucher, 1998.
This is an incredibly rich resource that contains information on the
research of Monk Parakeets, a quiz, sightings, photos, links to other
sites, puzzles, and pop-up quizzes.
of Texas Department of Education
This site will give you a rich source of information about monk parakeets,
including photos, calls, and specific information about monks in Austin,
for Biological Invasions
This site is sponsored by The Institute for Biological Invasions. It
presents a variety of information about monk parakeets, with emphasis
on their invasive nature when introduced.
The puzzle on http://www.monkparakeet.com/Default.htm
requires a Java-capable browser.
Real Audio Player
To play the audio clips, you will need Real Audio Player, available
free at http://www.real.com.
Materials: Introductory Activity
Per team of students:
- Monk Parakeet Fact Sheet
- Monk Parakeet Field Study Summary Chart
- Monk Parakeet Field Study Planning Chart